Kolkata, Aug 17 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS): As India turns 64 on Sunday, the City of Joy began celebrations for Independence Day with a customary mix of official and cultural programmes amid tight security.
Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee unfurled the national flag at state secretariat Writers’ Building amid a Guard of Honour.
West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan took part in prayer meeting at the Gandhi Ghat in Barrackpore subdivision of North 24 Parganas district.
Official ceremonies have also been organised at Gandhi Bhavan in Beliaghata and at Gandhi Statue at Mayo Road in Kolkata.
Meanwhile, the state Opposition Trinamool Congress (TMC) held ceremonies and unfurled flags at different corners of the city, including Hazra, Behala and Shovabazar.
Amidst tight security measures, dance, singing and recital programmes were organised all over the city.
At least 5,000 extra police personnel have been deployed in the city to maintain law and order ahead of Independence Day celebrations across the country on Sunday.
“We are closely monitoring for any signs terror elements across the city. More than 5,000 extra personnel have been brought into force to oversee the situation,” Kolkata joint commissioner of police, Jawed Shamim, said.
Following a ‘Worldwide Caution’ issued by the U.S. Department of State on Thursday regarding possible terrorist attacks targeting U.S. citizens in India, Pakistan and Middle East, law enforcement agencies are on high alert.