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After Independence Day speech, PM Modi gets out of car to meet hundreds of children

The country celebrated its 72nd Independence Day today where Modi addressed the people of India from the ramparts of Red Fort.

india Updated: Aug 15, 2018 11:03 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets children after his Independence Day speech at Red Fort, in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke away from his security cover to meet excited school children after addressing the nation on the 72nd Independence Day at the Red Fort in New Delhi.

Modi, sporting a traditional orange and red safa or a headgear, got down from his car while leaving the 17th-century Mughal-era monument to meet the group of school children assembled there.

Dressed in the colours of the national flag, the school children rushed to see the Prime Minister and jostled as he shook hands with a few of them. The crowd of children swelled as they hankered to meet and shake hands with him, prompting Modi’s security team to step in.

Thousands of schoolchildren wearing saffron, white and green-coloured track suits and matching caps, made a ‘Bharat’ formation and waited patiently as Modi delivered his speech, which lasted for more than an hour.

The Prime Minister had greeted the children during the Independence Day celebrations last year as well and similarly swamped by the over-enthusiastic crowd.

First Published: Aug 15, 2018 09:28 IST