New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid the high security personnels deployed in Kashmir, the newly formed Union Territory along with the nation celebrates the 73rd Independence Day. Nearly 1.5 lakh police personnel - paramilitary and state police - have been deployed in the Kashmir valley alone.

According to reports, except localised incidents in the Valley, the situation has been calm in Jammu and Kashmir with arrangements made to celebrate Independence Day in all districts, though restrictions will remain for some time in Kashmir.

The main Independence Day function will be held at SK Stadium in Srinagar with Governor Satya Pal Malik hoisting the national flag, Principal Secretary in the Jammu and Kashmir administration Rohit Kansal said. He further said relaxations in prohibitory orders has been given in a large number of areas, including Srinagar.

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"Local authorities, as before, are keeping a close watch on the situation and offering relaxations wherever the situation warrants it," he said, adding there has been no major report of any untoward incident in the Valley while civil supplies continue to be normal.

Kansal further said arrangements to celebrate the Independence Day are complete in all the districts of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.

In Jammu, the Independence Day celebrations would be led by an advisor to the governor while celebrations would be held at divisional, district and sub-district levels as well.


"The general view is that the situation has been calm, relaxed, there have been no reports of untoward incidents which prompted relaxations. Based on local assessments, there will be some relaxations tomorrow and the general policy is to relax as much as possible," he said.

This is the first Independence Day for the state after the government revoked the special powers of the state under Article 370, and bifurcated it into two union territories --- Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

Posted By: Talib Khan