In view of the recent incidents of cross-border firing, the Jammu District administration has ordered the ban of sale and use of firecrackers within a radius of five kilometers from the International Border and the Line of Control with immediate effect and will continue until further orders.
Official sources said that as per the order, it is often seen that the fireworks are taking place on a large scale during the wedding season and it leads to confusions and misunderstanding among the security forces close to the international border.
“Sensing the firecrackers as cross-border firing, triggers panic among the security personnel and the villagers,” said an official.
He added that in view of it, the sale and use of firecrackers has been banned under Section 144 and anyone found violating the same, strict action will be taken against him.
Notably, as the Diwali festival is nearing and wedding season is also underway, the administration decided to ban use and sale of crackers in border areas.
On October 17 and 26, Pakistan Rangers shelled border villages by firing unprovoked in Arnia and Bishnah sectors of Jammu forcing residents to move to safer locations for shelter.