With I-Day celebrations over, R Fort once again wears deserted look

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New Delhi, Aug 15 (UNI) An uneasy calm once again hung over the Red Fort here today, three hours after Independence Day celebrations were over and the departure of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after delivering a speech predominantly marked by issues concerning health, education, infrastructure and employment among others.

This afternoon, the fort, which had been a beehive of activity for the past 15 days with security agencies and children both busy adding muscle to security and giving a colourful look to the fort respectively, once again stood, though gloomy and alone, majestically after the celebrations were over and done with.

Those who had come in droves to witness the gala event at the fort had already left and even security agencies wasted no time before heading to their homes as the leave of most of them in the run-up to the event had been cancelled owing to security concerns.

The sound of claps of children, which resounded across the premises of the fort in the morning as Prime Minister struck some belligerent notes, fell silent after kids also made a hasty exit as they had a fortnight of sleepless nights in preparations of the event.

It was once again a one-year-long wait for the fort before it witnessed yet another grand festivity of the proportion of Independence Day celebrations.


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