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Republic Day security precaution: Police to keep vigilant eye on "drones"

PTI 17 Jan 2016, 18:42:30 IST

New Delhi: Police in New Delhi and neighbouring states will keep a vigilant eye on "drones", which have been classified as a major threat to security especially in view of the Republic Day celebrations ahead.

"The subject of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), commonly referred to as drones, was taken up as a priority in the latest Inter-State Coordination Meeting," a senior police official said.

"Delhi Police Chief (B S Bassi) has asked his force and police departments of the neighbouring states to keep a vigilant eye on drones, as they have been perceived as a major threat to security, especially in view of Republic Day," he added.

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Officials have grown increasingly serious about policing drones after a UAV was spotted near Indira Gandhi International Airport here around three months ago but its source or handler could not be tracked by the police, following which Delhi Police also announced a reward of Rs. 1 lakh last month for any information on the incident.

Police have also acquired 200 digital cameras which can capture minute details, to be installed at strategic locations in and around Rajpath, the official said.

An Inter-State Coordination Meeting, chaired by Mr Bassi this Thursday, was attended by the top brass of police departments in Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.

The main objective of the meeting was to share terror-related intelligence and inputs about various extremist outfits and curbing criminal activities in the National Capital Region.

"This year the drive -- which is a routine process before Republic Day every year -- is being carried out with increased intensity in the wake of the recent terror attack in Pathankot, following which Delhi Police also received input about presence of key members of Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit here," the senior official said.