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Mumbai Police issues terror warning after Housing execs fly drones over BARC

The Mumbai Police has issued an order banning the use of drones in the city, following an incident where online real estate portal Housing's employees were allegedly seen flying an unmanned aerial vehicle over Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), reports DNA. The order, issued under Section 144 in The Code Of Criminal Procedure, states that terrorists are likely to carry out an attack in Mumbai using ‘para gliders and remote controlled micro light aircraft’ between 4 July and 2 August. We’ve contacted Housing for further details and will update once we hear from them. No arrests have been made over this incident so far. The Trombay police allegedly questioned Housing’s data collector Shiv Kumar Shahane and Rohit Sonawane, as well as seized the drone, which was fitted with a high resolution camera and memory card, which had around 300 pictures. According to the DNA report, two employees of Housing were flying drones near BARC and TISS to take images of some properties around the campuses, which was spotted by a TISS professor. He saw the drone flying at a height of around 20 metres, took a video of the drone and noted the number of the car in which the alleged Housing employees had driven. He also handed the footage to the police. This incident triggered a security alert at BARC, which is also allegedly on the terror hit list. The Housing employees were reported to take pictures of an upcoming housing project from various angles and a…

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