Bhubaneswar: The 69th Republic Day was celebrated today across Odisha with gaiety. While Governor SC Jamir unfurled the Tricolour and took the salute at Mahatma Gandhi Marg during the state-level parade in the capital city, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik hoisted the national flag at the Barabati stadium in Cuttack.
Moving the legs and hands in perfect synchronisation with the beating drums and massed pipes, personnel of state police, Bharat Scouts and Guide members and students from city-based schools participated in the state-level parade.
Besides, school children donning colorful costumes reverberated the atmosphere with spectacular cultural performances.
The daredevil act by the students of Maharishi College of Natural Law here was a treat to the eyes of the spectators present there.
The Twin City Commissionerate police had made elaborate security arrangements for the smooth and incident-free passage of the event at Mahatma Gandhi Marg.
The Republic Day celebrations were also held at all the district headquarters in Odisha.
Security has been tightened across the state, especially in Maoist-affected districts like Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Kandhamal and Kalahandi where the red rebels had asked people through posters to observe the day as ‘black day’.