THE MUMBAI police on Wednesday extended by another month the ban on drones and paragliders in the city skies over fears of likely misuse by terrorists and anti-social elements to carry out a strike.
With no proper law governing use of drones and paragliders, the Mumbai police periodically ban them after reviewing apprehensions of misuse.
Mumbai police spokesperson DCP Dhananjay Kulkarni said it was a routine notice issued under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure by the Mumbai police. “Even in the past few months, notices had been issued by us prohibiting use of drones and paragliders,” Kulkarni said.
The notice issued by DCP (operations) Sanjay Barkund states that “…I hereby order that the period of 30 days i.e. 05/04/2016 to 04/05/ 2016 in Brihanmumbai police commissionerate area, no flying activities of drone controlled by remote or through Control Area Missile or using paragliders or remote control microlight aircraft be allowed…”
An officer added that since there is no specific law that deals with issues of drones and paragliders in the country, police temporarily suspend their use.
At a time, the restriction can only be issued for only a month, after which it has to be reviewed before it can be ordered again.
“There is a possibility that drones and paragliders could be used by terrorists to carry out an attack. There are constantly looking for newer ways to carry out surveillance and hence we have to ensure that until there is clarity on security measures around usage of drones, their use is restricted to the police,” a senior officer said.