Monday, November 19, 2018

Drone seizure: Cops blame customs dept

Gaya: Deeply embarrassed by the drone episode, senior police officials have reportedly pulled up custom officials deployed at the Gaya International Airport for allowing a Chinese national to carry the equipment, a likely source of threat to national security. Sources in the police administration say the custom officials have been asked to be more careful in future.
The Chinese national was caught doing videography through the drone at Bodh Gaya.

Bodh Gaya, it may be recalled has twice been targeted by the terrorists, first in July'2013 and again in January this year. A few weeks back, an NIA team recovered an IED planted by a Bangladesh-based terrorist group in a toilet at a short distance from the Mahabodhi temple. On account of the sensitive nature of the incident and its bearing on national security, senior police officers are reluctant to go on record. Sources, however, say that the incident has caused deep concern both to the cops as well as intelligence agencies.

"It is sheer luck that the drone turned out to be innocuous and sustained questioning of the Chinese national by different agencies have not revealed any malafide intention. But it could have been otherwise too. We cannot afford to take chances," said a senior police officer. The custom officials need to be more careful in future. The officials are learnt to have told the police that an unassembled drone does not give beeps on the luggage X-ray machine.
19/11/18 Abdul Qadir/Times of India