3 Telangana tourists booked for flying drone over INS Shivaji in Lonavala

PUNE Rural police have booked three tourists from Telangana for allegedly flying a drone over INS Shivaji, a premier technical training institute and a sensitive establishment of the Indian Navy, located in Lonavala.

Officials from Lonavala Town police station said the authorities at INS Shivaji approached them on Monday afternoon and reported the illegal flying of a drone over its campus which is located amid the Sahyadri mountain ranges in Lonavala.

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Inspector Sitaram Dubal, in-charge of the police station, said, “The officials from INS Shivaji confiscated the drone and brought in the three tourists from Telangana who were flying it. There are prohibitory orders in place against flying drones in the area considering the security aspects of the sensitive establishment. The three tourists have been booked under Indian Penal Code section 188 which pertains to disobeying an order issued by a government authority.”

In November last year, the Lonavala police had booked a man from Mumbai for allegedly flying a drone near the Indian Air Force station in Lonavala located at a distance from INS Shivaji. In September 2021, a youth was booked in a similar case after he flew a drone over INS Shivaji.

Multiple incidents of people flying drones in the area have been reported in the past. Tourists have been caught flying drones for landscape photography or pre-wedding shoots in spite of several boards being installed in the area warning people against the use of drones.


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