Delhi Police bans drones, flying aerial objects till August 15

The Delhi Police has banned the flying of sub-conventional aerial platforms starting from Friday till August 15 as part of security measures.

Delhi Police bans drones, flying aerial objects till August 15
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NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police has banned the flying of sub-conventional aerial platforms starting from Friday (July 31, 2020) till August 15 as part of security measures.

The order signed by Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava states that it is prohibited to fly sub-conventional aerial platforms like para-gliders, para-motors, hang-gliders, UAVs, UASs, microlight aircraft, remotely piloted aircraft, hot air balloons, small-sized powered aircraft, quadcopters or para jumping from aircraft.

This order shall come into force with effect from 31.07.2020 and remain in force for a period of 16 days i.e. up to 15,08.2020 (both days inclusive) unless withdrawn earlier, the order said. 

The order added if the ban is violated, it will be punishable under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.

Here's what the order said: "It has been reported that certain criminal or anti-social elements or terrorists inimical to India 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 aircraft, remotely piloted aircraft, hot air balloons, small size powered aircraft, quadcopters or even by para jumping from aircraft etc. 

Now, therefore, I, SN Shrivastava, Commissioner of Police, Delhi, in the exercise of the powers conferred upon me by section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973 read with Govt. of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi's Notification No. U-11036/3/1978(i) UTL, dated 01.07.1978, do hereby prohibit the flying of sub-conventional aerial platforms like para-gliders, para-motors, hang gliders, UAVs, UASs, microlight aircraft, remotely piloted aircraft, hot air balloons, small size powered aircraft, quadcopters or para jumping from aircraft etc. over the jurisdiction of the NCT of Delhi on the occasion of Independence Day Celebrations 2020 in the National Capital of Delhi and doing so shall be punishable under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. 

As the notice cannot be served individually on all concerned, the order is, hereby, passed ex-parte. It shall be published for the information of public through press and affixing copies on the Notice Boards of the offices of all DCsP, Addl. DCsP, ACsP, Tehsil, all Police Stations and offices of the New Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal Corporation, EDMC, SDMC, PWD, DDA, Delhi Cantonment Board. 

This order shall come into force with effect from 31.07.2020 and shall remain in force for a period of 16 days i.e. up to 15,08.2020 (both days inclusive) unless withdrawn earlier."

The ban comes after it was 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 using sub-conventional aerial platforms.