Kochi: An anonymous drone flown over a bridge early this week has been arrested by the Indian Navy and delivered to police for further investigation. The drone, which was found over the old Thoppumpady Bridge on July 26, was operated by a 26 year-old resident of Vaduthala area here, who asserted that it was for his travel blogs and YouTube channel, a defence release said.
“He was not in possession of any prior sanction from the Indian Navy,” the release said. Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines state that Remotely Piloted Aircraft or drones cannot be flown within a distance of three km from the perimeter of any civil, private or defence airports.
They are also blocked from being flown within three km from the perimeter of military installations or facilities, where military activities or performances are being conducted, unless clearance is achieved from such military installation/ facility. The Defence PRO said the individual had purchased the drone for about Rs one lakh from another person through OLX website and therefore could not produce any bills to the authorities.
Police have seized the device and registered a case under Sections 151 (arrest to prevent the commission of cognizable offences), and 102 of CrPC (Power of police officer to seize certain property).