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Saturday, 26 January, 2002, 11:07 GMT
In pictures: India celebrates Republic Day
India has been celebrating its Republic Day with heavily armed security forces on the streets amid heightened tension in the region.

The authorities fear militants may choose India's main national holiday to launch an assault on a nation still shaken by the raid on its parliament and a recent attack in Calcutta.

Indian paramilitary forces
Paramilitary forces take part in the Delhi parade - shortened because of security fears and troops' inability to attend

The testing of the nuclear-capable ballistic missile sparked criticism from India's neighbour Pakistan
While most of its weaponry was elsewhere, the military paraded a prototype of its Agni missile, test-fired the day before

A police commando stands guard behind a sand bunker
More than 60,000 soldiers and police were guarding the city's streets, fearing further attacks

School girls take part in a cultural event at Red Road, Calcutta
Celebrations were also held in the eastern city of Calcutta, but crowds were down following the attack on a US cultural centre

Commando and plainclothes police
Commando and plainclothes police stand on vigil during the ceremonial parade at Red Road in Calcutta

Dog squads
Dog squads of the Calcutta Police salute during the parade

Indian Border Security Force soldier in Srinagar
Ceremonies in Indian-administered Kashmir went off without incident - but a high security presence kept most residents indoors
See also:

26 Jan 02 | South Asia
India on alert for Republic Day
22 Jan 02 | South Asia
Gunmen attack US centre in Calcutta
16 Dec 01 | South Asia
India and Pakistan: Tense neighbours
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