Patiala, Punjab, India – November 10, 2023: The Sri Kali Devi Temple Complex and the surrounding area within 200 metres have been declared a ‘no drone zone’, according to an order issued by the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Anuprita Johal.
The order, which was issued under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (Act Number 2 of 1974), will remain in effect until January 8, 2024.
In a statement, Johal said that the measure has been taken to ensure the security of the Sri Kali Devi Temple Complex. She warned that violation of the order will result in legal action against the offenders.
The Sri Kali Devi Temple Complex is one of the most popular Hindu pilgrimage sites in Punjab. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali, and it is visited by thousands of devotees every year.
The ‘no drone zone’ declaration comes at a time when the use of drones is becoming increasingly popular in India. However, the government has raised concerns about the security implications of drone use, especially in sensitive areas.
The order issued by the Additional Deputy Commissioner in Patiala is a reminder of the government’s commitment to ensuring the security of important religious and cultural sites.