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According to sources, the drone was unarmed but it was flying at low altitude and was heading towards stage. A multi-agency probe has been initiated into the incident.
Ahmedabad District Police registered an FIR for violating the notification on ‘No Drone Fly Zone’ during the visit of Prime Minister at Bavla, police said. The statement by local police further said that three persons were doing video recording by drone camera and all three of them have been arrested.
“Three persons were doing video recording by drone camera from the main road near Sabha place. The entire area of two kilometer near the Sabha was notified as “NO DRONE FLYING ZONE” by Additional District Magistrate Ahmedabad by notification serial number 77/2022 dated 23/11/2022,” the statement said.
“At 16:30 hours one police constable Anup Sinh Bharatsang of Local Crime Branch, Ahmedabad Rural, identified some persons operating a microdrone from the main road near the Sabha ground. On apprehending the operators of the drone and asking them to take down the drone, the three persons complied and took down the drone. The BDDS team immediately checked the drone and confirmed that the drone is only for filming and had an operating camera and it did not have any explosive or any other harmful object. No prohibited item has been found with the accused and they were outside the perimeter wall of the Sabha when they were operating the drone.”
“The following three accused have been arrested in the above incident as per the Indian Penal Code Section 188 and FIR has been registered against them. The three accused on questioning told the police that there for general photography and they did not know that drones were prohibited in the area. There are no police records or previous criminal history of the persons. They are persons are not associated with any political party or organization. Prima facie the persons do not seem to have intended to use the drone for any harm, but the police is undertaking thorough interrogation and investigation in the case.”
The arrested persons have been identified as Nikul Rameshbhai Parmar, 24, Rakesh Kalubhai Bharvad, 35 and Rajeshkumar Mangilal Prajapati, 20.
PM Modi rally in Bavla
PM Modi addressed a public meeting in Bavla today as he campaigned for the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) for the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections. He addressed four public meetings in the poll-bound state in Palanpur, Modasa, Dahegam and Bavla.
While addressing a gathering in Bavla today, he said, “When it came to resources and facilities, the villages were not even considered in the Congress governments. As a result, the gap between villages and cities kept on increasing.”
In his address at Dahegam and Bavla, PM Modi spoke on the development for the next 25 years of Gujarat. Gujarat will go to polls on December 1 and December 5 and the counting of votes will be done on December 8.