The Delhi Police on Friday prohibited operation of “subconventional aerial platforms” including UAVs, paragliders and hot air balloons over the national capital from January 20 in view of Republic Day celebrations. The order issued by Delhi Police Commissioner S N Shrivastava said the directive will come into force on January 20 and will remain for a period of 27 days up to February 15, both days inclusive, unless withdrawn earlier. The order stated that certain criminal, antisocial elements or terrorists inimical to India may pose a threat to the safety of the general public, dignitaries and vital installations by the use of ‘subconventional aerial platforms’ like paragliders, paramotors, hang gliders, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) among others. “Therefore, the Delhi Police has prohibited the flying of subconventional aerial platforms over Delhi on the occasion of Republic Day and doing so shall be punishable under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code,” the order said. The copies of the order should be affixed on the notice boards of the offices of all DCPs/Addl DCPs/ACPs, Tehsils, all police stations and offices of the all the municipal corporations, PWD, DDA and the Delhi Cantonment Board, it said.
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