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Hot air balloon carrying Pushkar tourists lands in Ajmer central jail

India TV News Desk 05 Nov 2014, 13:54:02 PM IST
India TV News Desk

Ajmer (Rajasthan): A hot air balloon carrying foreign tourists on a ride on Tuesday suddenly landed inside the high-security Ajmer central jail, housing several notorious terrorists and convicts, ringing alarm bells in the security establishment.

A high alert was immediately issued and the foreign tourists, who had come to visit the world famous Pushkar fair, was hurriedly escorted out of the prison.

The Ajmer central jail houses Mumbai serial blasts accused Dr Jalees Ansali and more than two dozen other terrorists.

The district collector of Ajmer Dr Arushi Malik and Inspector General of Police Amrit Kalash have ordered an inquiry into the incident.

The first hot-air balloon with two foreigners and a pilot on board went astray after taking off from Pushkar fair and landed inside the premises of central prison.

District authorities have withdrawn permission from the private company for flying hot-air balloons following Tuesday's incident at the fair, which is visited by tens of thousands of tourists from the country and abroad every year.

According to officials, three hot-air balloons, which were flown at the fair went astray on Tuesday. One of them, which had two women tourists from abroad and a pilot on board, landed near the boundary wall of the central jail after hovering over Ajmer city.

Superintendent of Police Mahendra Singh said that the location where the balloon landed was close to the main complex of the jail.

"We are investigating the matter and action will be taken if any rule has been violated," he said.
After the incident, District Collector Arushi Malik appointed a three-member committee headed by the Additional Collector to probe the matter.

She said that permission to the company to operate at the fair has been cancelled. The company had permission to operate till November 6.

Ajmer Jail Superintendent Pradeep Lakhawat said a report would be submitted to the committee by the jail.

No FIR has been registered in this matter so far.

The holy city of Pushkar is nearly 150 kilometres from Rajasthan capital Jaipur and hosts one of the biggest livestock fairs in the world. It is a popular tourist destination.

In another similar faux pas, a second hot air balloon carrying foreign tourists landed inside the grounds of a School for Hearing Impaired in Vaishali Nagar, Ajmer.