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Jammu drone attack: Wedding photographers fear for their business

Last Updated on July 2, 2021 at 6:36 pm

After recent drone attack at Indian Air Force (IAF) station in Jammu, several wedding photographers who used drones to take memorable aerial wedding shots are worried about their business.

Wedding photographers used drones in wedding ceremonies and spend large amounts of money on the purchase of drones but are worried about the future of their business.

In the wake of the drone threat, security across Jammu and Kashmir has been increased.

A ban on the storage, sale or possession and use and transport of the flying machines has been imposed by authorities in the border district of Rajouri recently. Order issued by District Magistrate, Rajouri, Rajesh Kumar Shavan instructed that those having drone like objects shall deposit the same with the local police station.

General Secretary of Photographers’ Union, Jammu, Pradeep Kumar informed that they received a call from the police administration who asked them to submit the complete list of their members who are operating drones to cover wedding functions.

Further he said that after the permission was granted regarding usage of drones by the government, it had become a trend to use them in wedding ceremonies. Also he said that they have suffered huge losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic due to all the restrictions.

Kumar further said that though they are worried about their business but are much concerned about the nation’s security as well as concerned about the misuse of drones by terrorists.

He said that the recent drone attack is a bigger reason to be concerned over and they are ready to make any sacrifices even if it means a complete ban on the use of drones in weddings.

Supporting Kumar, president of the Photographers’ Union Kapil Kapoor said “If our country is safe, we are safe and can do our business”. But he also said that he is hoping for a decision by the government in a way that is good both for them and national security.