Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, in his Independence Day speech on Tuesday, said establishing the rule of law in the state was his government's top priority.
Kumar unfurled the national flag at the function, which was followed by an armed forces parade.
Kumar said that maintenance of law and order in the state was of utmost importance. "We want to create a new Bihar by establishing the rule of law and bringing about economic development."
He warned that troublemakers and law-breakers would not be spared by the authorities. He also outlined his government achievements in the last nine months and the future plans he has for the state.
Security has been intensified across the state in the wake of threats posed by terrorist groups. Additional deployments of Special Auxiliary Police (SAP) jawans, comprising former army men, were made in all key towns and vital installations in the state.
Inspector General of Police Anil Sinha said that personnel of the police, anti-sabotage squad have been stationed at all religious places, government buildings, security installations and railway stations.
He added that a high alert has been sounded to thwart any attempts by terrorist outfits and Maoist rebels to disrupt I-Day celebrations.
Special security deployments have been made in Maoist-affected districts including Gaya, Jehanabad, Nalanda and Jamui. "This step was taken in view of the Maoists' decision to observe August15 as a black day," said Sinha.