Two days after the Mumbai police received a message on its Twitter handle of illegal drone sorties taking place in Charkop area, a team of crime branch officials arrested three persons and seized two camera-mounted drones from them.
One of the accused is a businessman who rents drone for movie shoots and the other two are his employees, who were testing the coverage offered by the cameras mounted on the flying machines. Those arrested were identified as businessman Vidhichand Jaisawal, 45, who owns the drones, and his employees Rahul Jaiswal, 24 and Rana Singh, 25.
“As per information shared by an alert citizen, the drones would be seen taking off from an open ground in sector IV at Charkop every morning around 7am for the last few days. The crime branch was asked to look into the matter following which it laid a trap at the said spot on Wednesday morning. Soon after the activity started, we nabbed them with their gadgets,” said a crime branch officer.
The officer said Jaiswal and Rana were at the spot conducting the sorties. An iPad was recovered from them, using which they recorded the footage captured by the two drones. After their arrest, Vidhichand was summoned to the police station to get the details of ownership of the drones. He told the cops that the camera-mounted drones were being tested before renting them out for shoots. The crime branch handed over the drones and the accused to the Charkop police for further investigation.
Following their arrest, a case under sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others), 287 (negligent conduct with respect to machinery) of the Indian Penal Code.
On Tuesday, alert was sounded after an Indigo airline pilot spotted a drone near Kurla minutes before touchdown at the Mumbai airport. The pilot of the Delhi-Mumbai flight told the city air traffic control (ATC) that he saw a drone flying 100 feet below the aircraft. The aviation safety regulator has banned flying drones without permission in the vicinity of the airport. Officials from Charkop police station said the two incidents are unrelated.