New Delhi: A drone flying around the iconic Taj Mahal threw the security agencies into a tizzy. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel spotted a drone flying inside the monument premises today morning. The CISF personnel traced the couple who were flying the drone and took them in their custody.
Senior Superintendent of Police in Agra Pritinder Singh said drones are prohibited inside or around the monument premises due to security reasons.
The couple flying the drone was tourists from South Korea. The local police had a word with intelligence agencies and the South Korean Embassy, and it was decided to let the couple off with a warning.
The drone, however, was confiscated and is being examined by intelligence agencies. Agra Tourist Welfare Chamber Secretary Vishal Sharma said incidents of drones flying in restricted spaces are being widely reported across the world.
He added that most authorities are now increasingly imposing a ban on flying drones in public spaces.
Sharma said the ban on flying drone at Taj Mahal premises has not been widely publicised and therefore a tourist may not know about it. He said similar instances have been reported in the past too, and each time authorities have confiscated the drone. He said there was a need to increase awareness among tourists on the dos and the don’ts at the monument.