Illegally imported drones seized at Pune airport

"Each drone is equipped with high-end technology and is capable of completing surveillance of a large area in little time,” said officials.

Pune | Updated: October 1, 2016 12:58 am

The Pune Customs department has seized seven ‘Precision Hawk—USA’ drone cameras worth Rs 1.2 crore at the Pune International Airport Friday.

According to K Shubhendra, deputy commissioner, Pune Customs, “These drones are imported from Canada illegally by Amit Takte, working at M/S Webnoise Private Limited, Bavdhan.” It adds that it is a case of violation of provisions of Customs Act, 1962 and also wireless, planning and telecommunication wing’s regulations.

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“Three illegally imported drones have also been sold to various companies by Vikran Kumar of M/S HeightsNext, Pune, across India. The relation between the two companies is being investigated. Each drone is equipped with high-end technology and is capable of completing surveillance of a large area in little time. The end use of the drones by the buyers from security angle is being investigated,” said officials.

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