Drone flies over Singha Dwar ‘no flying zone’, manages to escape police action

Puri: A drone was seen hovering over Singha Dwar ‘no flying zone’ on Sunday, despite restrictions on flying any unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over certain areas in and around Puri Srimandir, earlier imposed by the district Police Administration on June 11 in view of this year’s Ratha Jatra.

Interestingly, the remotely operated robotic aircraft system managed to give a slip to the local police.

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According to an eyewitness, the drone was spotted by some locals in the afternoon while it was flying high in the air and was capturing videos of the 12th-Century shrine, including Grand Road. The UAV was stationed for quite some time on Singha Dwar Gumuta of the Jagannath temple.

After the device attracted the attention of police and there was a buzz among the local residents, it flew fast toward Dolamandap Sahi in the town and then disappeared, the eyewitness added.

The security lapse has raised the eyebrows of many devotees and intelligentsia across Odisha.

Police immediately launched a probe into the incident to nab the wrongdoer but to no avail.

It is pertinent to mention here that the set of guidelines prohibiting the flying of any drone particularly over Bada Danda (Grand Road) here was clamped, which was meant to be strictly followed from Ratha Jatra to Niladri Bije of the Holy Trinity – Lord Jagannath and his siblings.

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