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Manmohan's security breached, pilots held

Two pilots are briefly held after landing their chopper on a helipad where the PM was waiting to take off after campaigning in Himachal, reports Archana Phull.

india Updated: Dec 18, 2007 02:08 IST
Archana Phull

A private aircraft belonging to Deccan Aviation on Monday landed at the Luhnu ground helipad here next to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s parked helicopter, breaching the PM’s security.

The pilots were arrested and their helicopter detained by the police. The chopper, to pick up AICC general secretary RK Dhawan, landed without giving any prior intimation to the district administration, police said.

The PM had just finished his rally around 1.15 pm (half an hour after the scheduled time), when the private copter landed.

The PM, however, was not delayed by the copter’s sudden arrival. He flew almost immediately to Palampur, where he had another election meeting.

The district police grounded the private helicopter. “We asked the pilot, MSSehgal, to show us the ATC clearance to land here. He said he had all clearances and would give it to us shortly. Since we have yet not received it, we have arrested the pilot and the co-pilot and registered a case under Section 336 of the IPC and Section 11 of Air Craft Act, 1937, as the chopper landed without permission, endangering the human life,” district police chief Balbir Thakur told HT.

A spokesman for the charter service said the chopper had clearance to land and was not warned of Singh’s movements.