No sub-conventional flying activities in Delhi as part of Independence Day security drill
New Delhi, August 1: With just 14 days more to go before India celebrates its 71th Independence Day on August 15, the Delhi police decided to put a ban on all sub-conventional flying activities in the city on Monday.
The ban has been invoked to thwart any untoward incident during the Independence Day celebration. However, the ban will remain in place till second week of October.
In its latest order, the Delhi Police prohibited flying of sub-conventional aerial platforms like para-gliders, para-motors, hang-gliders, UAVs, UASs, microlight aircrafts, remotely piloted aircrafts, hot air balloons and many more, reported ANI.
The statement issued by the Delhi Police reads, "It has been reported that certain criminal, anti-social elements or terrorists, inimical to India may pose a threat to the safety of the general public, dignitaries and vital installations by the use of sub-conventional aerial platforms like para-gliders, para-motors, hang-gliders, UAVs, UASs, microlight aircrafts, remotely piloted aircrafts, hot air balloons, small size powered aircrafts, quadcopters or even by para-jumping from aircraft and others."
The statement adds, "The prohibition of flying of such objects on the occasion of the Independence Day Celebration in the national capital and doing so shall be punishable under law. This order shall remain in force till October 15 unless withdrawn earlier."
As a part of security measures, the national capital will be manned by special teams of police to neutralise the possibility of any airborne-activity such as drones on August 15.
This time, security arrangement will be pretty strong at the historic Red Fort from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver his Independence Day address to the nation.
All these security measures have been taken keeping in view terrorists striking crowded places across the world, said a senior police official.