Following inputs from security agencies that terrorists may attack defence
/security forces installation through parachutes, air baloons, etc., the District Magistrate of Jammu, Simrandeep Singh, has imposed a blanket ban on adventure sports like paragliding in Jammu for a period of 60 days. Following the order, restrictions have been imposed on all sorts of “private airborne activity” (including the use of paragliders, parachutes, air balloons etc.) within a radius of one km from any defence/security forces installation in the city.
The District Magistrate issued the ban order, invoking provisions of section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code, saying that it has been brought to his notice that terrorists may use “sub-conventional methods’’ like “paragliding, parachute etc., to target IAF/Defence/Police installations in near future’’.
This follows a communique from IAF Headquarters (Punjab, Himachal and Jammu area) dated June 2 this year.
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The order also said that prior permission of the District Magistrate shall be required in case any such activity is to be conducted anywhere in the district.
It also enjoined upon all the private agencies involved in such business to disclose the details thereof along with the details of their equipments/items to the Additional Deputy Commissioner (Law and Order) Jammu within 60 days of the issuance of this order. Any private/government agency subletting any such equipment/item to any third person shall do only with his prior permission, the order added.
The measures come in the wake of Pathankot terror attacks and the annual Amarnath Yatra that is going to starting from July 2.