J-K district bans drones and flying toys, asks public to handover them to police

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In the aftermath of twin blasts in high security Jammu Air Force station, District administration in Rajouri district have banned storage, sale, possession, use and transportation of drones and flying objects or toys in the frontier district with immediate effect.

“It has been observed that the 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,” Reads an order by the Deputy Commissioner Rajesh Kumar Shavan.

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 culture gatherings, he said.

Particularly, he 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,” he said and imposed 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 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,” reads the order, a copy of which lies with GNS.

He said the government agencies using drones for mapping, surveys and surveillance should inform the local Police Station Incharge and Executive Magistrate in advance.

“Any violation of this order shall attract punitive action as warranted under relevant law,” he said and asked the senior Superintendent of Police, Rajouri to ensure implementation of the order “in letter and spirit”. (GNS)

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