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Nation Current Affairs 31 Mar 2019 Thiruvananthapuram: ...

Thiruvananthapuram: Drone mystery just refuses to fly away

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Mar 31, 2019, 1:36 am IST
Updated Mar 31, 2019, 1:36 am IST
Though police searched the area soon after receiving the message, nothing could be found.
The complaints were by those who passed through the road in front of the Secretariat by car.
 The complaints were by those who passed through the road in front of the Secretariat by car.

Thiruvananthapuram: Mystery continues over the sighting of drones in the city with the police control room receiving calls saying that they had seen drones near the Secretariat on Friday night by 11.30 pm.

Though police searched the area soon after receiving the message, nothing could be found.

 

The complaints were by those who passed through the road in front of the Secretariat by car. Recently, there were reports of two drone sightings during night hours.

The first was in the wee hours of March 22 between Kovalam and Kochuveli coastal areas which had strategically important sites including Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre.

Later, a  Tamil Nadu-based agency which is surveying for a railway line connecting the upcoming Vizhinjam port informed the police that one of their drones lost control. It was later retrieved.

Another drone was found to have flown over the police headquarters and Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple on March 25.

Recently, the Centre had warned states of possible terror attacks using drones and asked them to issue notification after

clearly classifying security zones.

“Drones hovering over security regions should be shot down and for that Air force should work in coordination with the police,” the communiqué says.

Security agencies have also taken note of the flying of drones is a serious flaw when security instructions are in place in the state capital.

The video clippings and photos of drones spotted here have been handed over to central intelligence agencies by the police.

The military intelligence has already started an inquiry into flying of drones over strategically important areas.

Though, drones are usually used in private functions like marriages they have no night vision facilities and can fly only up to 100-300 metres.

However, drones reportedly with night vision facilities were sighted in five-seven kilometre radius creating suspicion.

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