Independence Day celebrated in Bengal

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Kolkata, Aug 15 (UNI) West Bengal today celebrated the 62nd Independence Day with the rest of the country with due solemnity and respect.

West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi paid homage at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Ghat, on the eastern bank of the River Bhagirathi at Barrackpore in North 24 Parganas.

Mr Gandhi also joined Sutra Yajna and spun thread with the traditional Charkha.

later, the Governor paid floral tributes at the feet of Mahatma Gandhi's statue at the crossing of Duffrin Road and Guru Nanak Sarani in the city, before participating in the celebrations at Beliaghata Gandhi Bhawan.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee hoisted the National tricolour in front of the Writers' Building and placed wreath at Martyr's column. He also paid tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's statue near the Governor's House.

Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee also unfurled the tricolour at Jatin Das Park in South Kolkata at midnight.

Meanwhile, unprecedented security arrangements were made throughout the state to ensure peaceful celebrations. Security personnel as well as plainclothes policemen were deployed in various strategic locations of the capital city.

Frisking of vehicles and checking of passers-by were being conducted at railway stations, Howrah bridge, airport and other important government buildings.

Police personnel were also seen patrolling all the Metro stations to thwart attempts of miscreants to disrupt the Independence Day celebrations.

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