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R-Day functions held peacefully in Kashmir Valley

Posted on Jan 26, 02:44PM | IANS

The Republic Day functions in the Kashmir Valley passed off peacefully Saturday, with Rural Development Minister Ali Muhammad Sagar saying the gun had only caused destruction.

Taking salute at the main parade in the summer capital Srinagar, Sagar said peace was a national agenda which would be pursued notwithstanding "recent provocative developments".

Contingents of police, paramilitary forces and the army marched before the podium inside the highly-secured Bakshi Stadium in the city which had been sealed days ahead of the function.

Entry into the stadium was regulated by security personnel using metal detectors. They also frisked people entering the stadium.

No untoward incident was reported anywhere in the Kashmir Valley where Republic Day parades were held at all district headquarters and important state and central installations.

Despite sub-zero temperatures, there was visible enthusiasm and patriotic fervor in Leh and Kargil towns of Ladakh region.

Separatists called for a protest shutdown Saturday in the Kashmir Valley.