Crores of Indians got independence in the year 1947 as a result of the supreme sacrifices made by thousands of freedom fighters and not as a gift, observed District Minister V. Sreenivasa Prasad here yesterday.

He was speaking after unfurling the National Flag at the University Oval Grounds in city on the occasion of 67th Independence Day celebrations.

Earlier, it had been announced that the Regional Commissioner would hoist the flag in Mysore in view of the poll code of conduct. However, the Election Commission permitted seven District Ministers in the State including Sreenivasa Prasad to hoist flags at their respective District Headquarters following government’s assurance that no political speeches would be made during the celebrations.

Calling upon youths to stay clear of internal problems and be prepared to tackle external aggression, he urged them to join hands for the overall development of the country.

Sreenivasa Prasad, who said that freedom symbolised the sacrifices of leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Jhansi Rani Lakshmi Bai, and many others, added that it is the bounden duty of every citizen to safeguard this freedom.

Recalling the First War of Independence (Sepoy Mutiny) in 1857, the Salt Satyagraha, Jallianwalah Bagh massacre among others, the Minister added that it was these struggles which contributed to India becoming independent.

Prasad, standing on a decorated open jeep, also received the Guard of Honour from various contingents including the Police, District Armed Reserve, Mounted Police and NCC.

MP A.H. Vishwanath, MLA Tanveer Sait, Inspector General of Police (Southern Range) Dr. K. Ramachandra Rao, Deputy Commissioner C.Shikha, City Police Commissioner Dr. M.A. Saleem, Mysore in-charge Secretary Dr. Amita Prasad, Regional Commissioner M.V. Jayanthi, ZP CEO P.A. Gopal, Additional DC Naga Nayak, MCC Commissioner P.G. Ramesh, SP Abhinav Khare, DCPs A.N. Rajanna, M.M. Mahadevaiah and Prabhashankar, ACPs A.N. Prakash Gowda and C.D. Jagadish, Tahasildar Naveen Joseph and officials of various departments were present.

‘Pigeon on I-Day flight’

A pigeon, owned by one Satish, a resident of Narayana Shastry road in city, was the cynosure of all eyes yesterday as it flew over city skies with its body and feathers meticulously painted in tricolor.

Attractive parade marks I-Day celebrations

Mysore, Aug. 16 (KCU)- Contingents of KSRP, CAR, DAR, Railway Protection Force, City Traffic Police, Women Police, Home Guards, Fire and Emergency Service Force, Navodaya School, Police Public School, Scouts & Guides, NCC, Seva Dal and Mounted Police along with the Police Band presented an attractive march past as part of the Independence Day celebrations at Oval Ground here yesterday.

Prizes were given away to the best participants of the parade. The winners were:

Armed Wing

RPF SI Nitish Kumar- I prize, KSRP SI K. Raju- II, City Traffic Police SI D.B. Jayaprakash- III.

Unarmed Wing

M. Raju (Mounted Police)- I, H. Raju (Fire Brigade)-II.

School Section

Manjunath (NCC-Navy)-I, Shivaprakash (Navodaya School)-II

Kailash (NCC-Air Force)-III.

Police Band

Cheluvaraya (DAR)-I, S. Nagendra (KSRP)-II

Anthony Prakash (CAR)-III.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore