Mumbai police fears aerial terror attack in city, bans drones, gliders and other flying objects

The Mumbai police on Wednesday issued an advisory banning all flying objects including drones and gliders in Mumbai fearing aerial attacks in the city, ANI reported.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

According to the News agency, the police fears that flying object may be used to carry out aerial attacks in the city, and hence banned any use of them from 31 March to 29 April 2017.

The Mumbai Police had allowed model aircraft (not drones) just a week ago with restrictions on height and area, and on the condition that flyers would submit videos of their activities. It's not clear as to whether the ban extends to them as well.

"We issue such orders periodically to avoid any kind of misuse of drones and paragliders," a senior police official said. He, however, clarified there has been no specific intelligence inputs about any possible aerial attack on the financial capital. "It is a routine order issued under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure by the police. There is no specific inputs in this regard.

"In the past, too, we have issued orders prohibiting use of drones, paragliders and micro-light aircraft in the city's skies," said Ashwini Sanap, Deputy Commissioner of Police, who is handling additional charge of DCP Operations.

According to the advisory, as published in Scroll, the Mumbai police has reasons to believe that attacks may be carried out According to the advisory, as published in Scroll and shared on Twitter, the Mumbai police has reasons to believe that attacks may be carried out by terrorists or anti-social elements through drones controlled by remote or controlled aerial missile using para-gliders, remote controlled microlight aircraft in Brihanmumbai Police Commisionarate Area.

The advisory noted that "there is every likelihood of a breach of peace..." and that the threat poses "grave danger to human life, health, safety and injury to the public property..."

The order, it added will remain in force between 31 March to 29 April. However, aerial surveillance remote controlled micro-light aircraft drone by Mumbai Police will allowed during the period.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Mar 29, 2017 21:58 PM