Delhi Police prohibits flying of drones ahead of Independence Day Celebrations

The Delhi Police has said that it has received reports of certain criminals, terrorists, and anti-social elements posing a threat to the safety of general public dignitaries and vital installations.

Ahead of the Independence Day celebrations next month, the Delhi Police has banned the flying of sub-conventional aerial platforms like drones, quadcopters, and hot air balloons in the skies of the National Capital Region(NCR). The ban shall come into effect from tomorrow, 16 July, and will remain under implementation for one month till 16 August. The decision has been taken as a precautionary measure against the use of such platforms by terrorists and other anti-social elements.

The order was issued on Thursday by the commissioner of Delhi Police Balaji Srivastava. According to the circular, 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-sized powered aircraft, quadcopters or even by para-jumping from aircraft” would be prohibited.

The Delhi Police has said that it has received reports of certain criminals, terrorists, and anti-social elements posing a threat to the safety of general public dignitaries and vital installations. Any violation of the prohibition order would be a punishable offense under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.

A drone attack by Pakistan-based terrorists on an Indian Air Force(IAF) base in Jammu has already raised concerns among the security authorities over the risk posed by drones and other unmanned aerial platforms. The Ministry of Civil aviation, today, released the Draft Drone Rules, 2021 for public comments.

The action has been taken under the powers vested to the commissioner of Delhi Police under 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.

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