May 26, 2011 1:42:35 am
The two Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that were brought to the city three days ago will be put to test by the police this weekend when UP Chief Minister Mayawati will be holding a rally of her party in Chandigarh. The UAVs named Golden Hawk will be used to secure the area in Sector 25 where the rally will be held,and also monitor the traffic on Sunday when 2.5 lakh to 3 lakh BSP workers from the region are expected to throng the party convention in Chandigarh.
If all goes according to the plan,we have decided to use the UAV on May 29, said Roshan Lal,Deputy Superintendent of Police (Communication). We are ready to operate the two UAVs and they will be used for securing the area during the UP chief ministers visit, he added.
Chandigarh Police will be using the two UAVs on a trial basis for a period of three months,till the time they get the ones for which the purchase orders have already been placed.
The UAV is a highly sophisticated air vehicle,flown from ground control station. Its flight management recall and landing procedures are complicated and the police are to be trained to operate it independently,said Inspector General of Police Pradeep Srivastava.
Roshan Lal headed the team of four Chandigarh police officers,who attended a three-day training programme for operating the UAVs at Defence Research Development Organisation laboratory in Bangalore.
Meanwhile,the administration is also gearing up Mayawatis rally which is likely going to be one of the biggest rallies that the city would witness in the recent past. In fact,senior Chandigarh police officials held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the security preparations for the BSPs chief visit.
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