Administration to reconsider sale of 'khakhi' in Jammu

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Jammu, Oct 2 (UNI) In the wake of rising militancy threats and infiltration from across the border, the Jammu and Kashmir administration is set to reconsider and keep check on the sale of 'khakhi' dresses in the winter capital and its peripheries.

''The recent Fidayeens attack at Chinore has forced the state administration to ensure the sale of 'khakhi' in the city and in surrounding areas as the militants killed in encounter were dressed in 'khakhi' similar to that of official uniform of Jammu and Kashmir Police,'' official sources said.

The administration earlier banned the open sale of combat dresses at various military stores in Jammu but the continuous infiltration bids from other side of the border had kept the administration on toes to keep check on the sale of combat dresses and accessories.

''The military stores, earlier who used to sell combat uniforms and 'khakhis' without an identification of the purchaser, have been strictly directed to verify identity before selling it,'' a senior police official said.

Besides uniforms, accessories also cannot be sold in open without verifying initials of the visitor, the sources said, asserting, ''if anybody found guilty or indulges in selling the dresses, is punishable under the law.'' UNI VBH SW PM1410

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