JAMMU — In the aftermath of twin blasts in the high-security Jammu Air Force station, the Rajouri district administration has banned the storage, sale, possession, use and transportation of drones and flying objects or toys in the frontier district with immediate effect.
An order issued by Deputy Commissioner Rajouri, Rajesh Kumar Shavan, states that 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.
It has also been noticed that for the last 10-15 years, the domestic use of small drone cameras has also increased in the society for capturing photos and videos in the social and cultural gatherings, the order added.
Particularly, it said, the youth are more fascinated to have use of drone-like toys and electronic gadgets.
“In the current situation, to avoid any confusion and to secure the aerial space near the vital installations and highly populated areas, it is rationale and expedient to discontinue the use of any drone, small flying toys and objects in all social and cultural gatherings to eliminate any risk of injury to the life and property,” the order added, imposing a ban and restrictions on the storage, sale, possession, use and transport of any drone or small flying objects or flying toys in the district.
“However, those already having 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,” reads the order.
It also stated that the government agencies using drones for mapping, surveys and surveillance should inform the local police station incharge and the Executive Magistrate in advance.
“Any violation of this order shall attract punitive action as warranted under relevant law,” it added, asking the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rajouri to ensure implementation of the order “in letter and spirit”. (GNS)