Hyderabad: In view of the intelligence inputs about a possible attack from terrorists and anti-social elements through remote-controlled drones, the Hyderabad City Police has banned their use in its limits by any individual or agency without prior permission.
There will be a ban on paragliders, remote-controlled drones and remote-controlled microlight aircraft, which is being increasingly used by event organisers for getting aerial views for live telecasts and photography of various events.
Hyderabad City Police Commissioner M Mahender Reddy in an order on Wednesday said inputs were received by Intelligence agencies about the possibility of attacks by terrorists and anti-social elements and there was a possibility of breach of peace and disturbance of public tranquillity. “There is also a grave danger to human life, health, safety and damage to public property,” he said. Reasonable checks are being imposed on such anti-social activities to prevent any attacks in Hyderabad using remote-controlled devices, he added.
The Commissioner, under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code 1973, has ordered that no flying activities of remote-controlled drones or paragliders or other devices be allowed in Hyderabad City Police Commissionerate limits without prior police permission in writing.
No non-government agency, organisation or individual will be allowed to launch unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and unmanned aerial survey (UAS). Government agencies and organisations would have to obtain appropriate clearance from local police and aviation authorities before launching any UAS/UAV for any purpose, the police said.
The order will be in force for about a month from October 8 to November 7 and those violating it will be punishable under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.