Bengal Governor unfurls the national flag
West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi unfurled the tricolour at the Republic day parade amid tight security in view of the recent terror strikes in the country.kolkata Updated: Jan 26, 2009 15:50 IST
West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi unfurled the tricolour at the Republic day parade on Monday amid tight security in view of the recent terror strikes in the country.
After hoisting the national flag, the Governor took salute from more than 50 march past contingents comprising Naval Air Force, Armed Forces, Paramilitary, Central and State Police, NCC, Volunteers and NGOs and students of different schools.
The Armed Forces' Vehicle Group featuring T-72 tanks, Bofors cannon, 105 MM IFG, TP 155 Guns, MSl, Rover Vehicle, Mobile Satellite Vehicle, Naval Float were the highlights of the parade besides the Air Force Tableau.
An estimated 8000 police personnel were deployed in the area, located in the heart of the metropolis, as everybody entering the main area were frisked.
The entire Red Road, where the parade was going on, was divided into 12 zones to maintain proper vigil and articles like bags, polythene packets, tiffin boxes were not allowed in the area.
Taking no chance in view of the threat perception in the wake of 26/11 terror strikes, the whole area, Red Road and adjacent Esplanade, was blanketed by three-tier security cover including Close Circuit Television camera, Watch Tower to keep tab on the movement of people.