Flying drones near key locations such as India Gate, Red Fort, or flying it within 5 KM of Vijay Chowk now can be seen as an attempt to wage war or abetting waging of war, against the Government of India (GOI), depending on the threat, as reported by ANI.
In the latest standard operating procedures (SOP) regarding flying drones, the Central government has given powers to the local police to book a person under IPC 121 and 121 A apart from other sections, depending on the nature of offence/threat and distance from the prohibited vital areas.
- Section 121:- Waging, or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the Government of India.
- Section 121A:- Whoever within or without (India) conspires to commit any of the offences punishable by section 121,
Though every person who flew drones near these key locations will not booked under section 121, it will be applied after analysing nature of threat as claimed by official to ANI.
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“Delhi Police under Section 30 of the Delhi Police Act 1978 will prohibit the flying of such aerial platforms over the area bounded by a circle of 5 kilometres radius from Vijay Chowk, Delhi, and 2 kilometres around strategic vital installations. It will give due publicity to inform the public at large that doing so shall be an offence under the relevant section of IPC such as section 121, 121-A, 287, 336, 337, 338 etc of IPC, depending on the nature of offence/threat and distance from the prohibited vital installation/area. The nature of the threat will be assessed by the Defence Forces,” a government document says while describing the role of Delhi Police.
The drones will be destroyed or confiscated without any liability if found flying in restricted zones.
The DGCA has been asked to prepare a list of drone owners which will be verified so that in case of any incident, the owner can be identified easily.
The Government is also planning to purchase anti-drone equipment to neutralise any threat caused by such UAV.