|Early Times Report|
Srinagar, Aug 18: At the Independence Day function held in Srinagar, most people in the general stands and VIP enclosure remained seated when the National Anthem was played on the occasion. The National Anthem was played soon after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti unfurled the tricolour.
Only 3000 people attended the main Independence Day function at Bakshi Stadium. The stadium has a capacity of 18,000 people.. The empty stands at the stadium came as a shock to the Uttar Pradesh Police contingent which was taking part in the celebrations for the first time in Kashmir.
UP Police contingent leader Deputy Superintendent of Police Sheodan Singh while expressing his disappointment at such a small gathering said, "In our state, Independence Day is celebrated like a festival."