Delhi Police on Thursday issued an order, prohibiting the flying of drones/UAVs, microlight aircrafts, hot air balloons, etc, in the national capital till August 15. The decision has come after the recent drone attack on the Indian Air Force base in Jammu and subsequent spotting of several drones in the next few days.

“It has been reported that certain criminal, anti-social elements or terrorists inimical to India may pose a threat to the safety of the general public, dignitaries and vital installations by the use of sub-conventional aerial platforms like para-gliders, para-motors, hang-gliders, UAVS, UASS, microlight aircrafts, remotely piloted aircrafts, hot air balloons, small sized powered aircraft, quadcopters or even by para-jumping from aircraft, etc,” Delhi Police Commissioner Balaji Srivastava said in an official statement.

Anyone found defying the order and flying any object in the sky of the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi before Independence Day “shall be punishable under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code”.

“As the notice cannot be served individually on all concerned, the order is, hereby, passed ex-parte. It shall be published for information of the public through press and affixing copies on the Notice Boards of the offices of all DCSP/ Addl. DCSP/ACSP, Tehsil Offices, all Police Stations and offices of the NDMC/MCD/PWD/DDA/Delhi Cantt. Board,” the Delhi Police said in a statement.

This order shall come into force with effect from July 16 and shall remain in force for a period of 32 days up to August 16 (both days inclusive) unless withdrawn earlier.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police on Thursday arrested a purported ISI agent from Pokhran in Rajasthan. He was allegedly spying on Indian defence establishments.

The Delhi Police Crime Branch has recovered confidential documents and maps of the Army areas from his possession. The accused has said that the documents were given to him by Paramjit Kaur, an Army personnel deployed in Agra.