Is Pak paragliding aerial threats?
In the wake of security threat owing to paraglidders, hot air balloons, drones the central government is formulating a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), finalizing a robust policy for flying such objects. This is to ensure a safe and terror free airspace in the country.
This is in wake of the five suspected parachutes seen in Maharashtra’s airspace on Saturday were remote or radio-controlled, reported a leading daily. The navy, army, intelligence and the Maharashtra police have been ordered to submit a report.
Meanwhile some cops in Mumbai say, proposal seeking regularization of drone flights and paragliding activities is pending with Centre since last year. We had sent a letter to the home department through the office of the Director General of police, in which we had asked the practice of flying drones and par gliders be regularized, as there needs to be some control on this. The letter also included draft rules for approval, and the proposal is currently under consideration,” said one of the senior officers.
The issue of devices like drones, par gliders and unmanned aerial devices (UAVs) has been an important one over the last couple of years, after intelligence inputs about such gadgets being used for terror strikes were received by central intelligence agencies and were passed on to the Mumbai Police says a senior officer at Mumbai airport.
The government’s concerns on the security threat posed by para gliders is based, among other factors, on recent intelligence inputs that a Pakistani acquired two paragliders from Spain last year and took them to Pakistan. This had led agencies to suspect that a terror attack using par gliders was being planned. The IB is yet to gather more information on the Pakistani who purchased these para gliders.
Pakistani terrorists may use unmanned aerial vehicles to attack India this was revealed during interrogation of terrorists.
Intelligence agencies have led to the above conclusion after interrogating several terrorists including LeT’s Syed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, Indian Mujahideen’s Syed Ismael Afaque Lanka and Khalistani militant leader Jagtar Singh Tara.