Jammu/Srinagar: Official parades and other celebrations connected with the country’s 74th Republic Day passed off peacefully throughout J&K without any untoward incident being reported from anywhere so far.
Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha took salute at a parade after unfurling the national flag at the Maulana Azad stadium in Jammu.
Smartly turned out contingents of police, paramilitary, army and school children marched past the podium while the spectators cheered and lauded their disciplined march.
Addressing the gathering, Lt. Governor Sinha said, “Security agencies are busy in the last assault on terror, its ecosystem and its supporters to ensure everlasting peace in the Union Territory.
“The situation in J&K is returning to normalcy and the evil designs of the enemy are being foiled. Year 2022 saw a 55 per cent decrease in the civilian killings and there was a significant dip in the killing of security forces personnel as well,” the LG asserted.
There was no untoward incident anywhere in Jammu division during the official parades in Jammu city and other district headquarters where concerned district development commissioners took salute.
The main Republic Day function was held in Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium in Srinagar city where R.R. Bhatnagar, advisor to the Lt governor, unfurled the national flag and saluted at the parade.