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Rajouri Admn imposes ban on storage, use, sale & possession of drones

Wednesday, 30 June 2021 (18:17 IST)
Jammu: The Rajouri district administration on Wednesday imposed ban on the storage, sale, possession, use and transport of drones or any flying objects, in the wake of drone attack on IAF airbase on Sunday.
As per order issued by the Deputy Commissioner Rajouri, in exercise of powers as District Magistrate said that
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.
"Whereas, 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 and particularly the youth are more fascinated to have use of drone like toys and electronic gadgets," read an order.
It further said that 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, objects in all social and cultural gatherings to eliminate any risk of injury to the life and property.
The District Magistrate however, in exercise of powers vested under Section 144 CrPC, imposed ban on the storage, sale, possession, use and transport of any drone or small flying objects, flying toys in the District.
"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," he ordered.
The Government agencies using drones for mapping, surveys and surveillance will keep the local Police Station In charge and Executive Magistrate informed.
Since, it is not possible to serve prior notice of this order, it is, as such, being issued ex-parte, he said.
The DC said that any violation of the order shall attract punitive action as warranted under relevant law.
The Senior Superintendent of Police, Rajouri shall ensure implementation of this order in letter and spirit, he added.(UNI)

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