Mathura, 2019.01.27 (VT): India celebrated the 70th Republic Day on January 26 in honour of the date on which its Constitution came into effect in 1950. Patriotic fervour ran high in Mathura-Vrindavan with government offices, schools and other social and religious organisations celebrating the day.
Flag hoisting ceremonies were held at government offices and buildings. DM Sarvagya Ram Mishra hoisted the Tricolour at the Collectorate office at 8.30 in the morning.
Statues of freedom fighters and other national leaders in the city were cleaned and freshly garlanded.
Students of Samvid Gurukulam, Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, and Purva Madhyamik Vidyalaya organised ‘Prabhat Pheris’ (morning processions) to spread awareness about nationalism, unity, cleanliness and empowerment of the girl child.
Twenty-five schools participated in a district-level patriotic group song competition organised by Hanuman Prasad Dhanuka Vidyalaya.
Akhil Bharatiya Teerth Purohit Mahasabha and Shree Mathur Chaturved Parishad arranged a ‘Deep Daan’ at Vishram Ghat on the eve of Republic Day. The Ghat was beautifully decorated using tricolor balloons.
Areas with ‘mixed populations’ were constantly patrolled. Identity checks were carried out at guest houses and hotels. Vehicles on highways leading to the city were stopped for inspection.
BDS (Bomb Disposal Squad), Dog Squad, RPF (Railway Protection Force) and GRP (Government Railway Police) remained on high alert.