Republic Day: Delhi Police bans flying of drones, other aerial platforms till Feb 15

Restriction also imposed on para-jumping from aircraft

Republic Day (File) Indian Air Force fighter jets fly past during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi | Reuters

Operation of sub-conventional aerial platforms including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), paragliders, microlight aircraft, quadcopters and hot air balloons has been prohibited over the national capital in view of Republic Day, the Delhi Police said on Friday.

The order came into effect on January 18 and will remain in force till February 15, it said.

The order stated that certain criminal or anti-social elements or terrorists inimical to India may pose a threat to the safety of the general public, dignitaries and vital installations by using these platforms.

Besides platforms such as paragliders, para-motors, hang gliders, UAVs, unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), micro-light aircraft, remotely piloted aircraft, hot air balloons, quadcopters, the order also mentioned para-jumping from aircraft.

"Therefore, the Delhi Police has prohibited flying of sub-conventional aerial platforms over the national capital on the occasion of Republic Day and doing so shall be punishable under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code," the order, issued by Delhi Police Commissioner Sanjay Arora stated.

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