Thursday, July 01, 2021

Ban Imposed On Use Of Drones In Jammu And Kashmir's Rajouri

Jammu: Amid heightened security across Jammu and Kashmir after the recent drone strikes at the Air Force station in Jammu, authorities in border district Rajouri on Wednesday ordered ban on the storage, sale or possession and use and transport of the flying machines.

An order issued by District Magistrate, Rajouri, Rajesh Kumar Shavan also directed those having drones or like objects in their possession to deposit the same with local police station.

However, the government agencies using drones for mapping, surveys and surveillance would get the local police station in-charge and executive magistrate informed, Mr Shavan said in his order.

Sunday's attack is believed to be the first use of drones in a terror attack on an Indian military facility, causing minor injuries to two personnel.

The explosions took place around 1.40 am within six minutes of each other. The first blast ripped off the roof of a single-storey building at the technical area of the airport manned by the IAF in the Satwari area on the outskirts of Jammu. The second one was on the ground.

As per the order, the District Magistrate imposed the ban/restrictions on the storage, sale, possession, use and transport of any drone or small flying objects/flying toys in the district in exercise of powers vested under section 144 of CrPC.

"However, those having already the drone cameras/flying objects or toys or like objects in their possession shall get the same deposited with the local Police Station against proper receipt," the order said.

Defending his decision, the District Magistrate said it has been observed that anti-national elements are using drones and flying objects to cause damage, injury and risk to the human lives in certain parts of the Union Territory.

01/07/21 PTI/NDTV

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