3 detained for flying drone near Taj, released

AGRA: A drone was noticed flying near the high security zone around Taj Mahal in Agra on Wednesday night, leading to the detention of three tourists from Hyderabad, who were flying it from the Taj view point, behind the monument.
They were released after a detailed inquiry.
Police said that the incident took place around 9.30pm. They were identified as Mohammad Shamshuddin Ahmad, Shiva Prasad and Bheem.
SP (city) Vikas Kumar told TOI that the tourists told the police that they were unaware of any such restrictions in the area. They were released after a warning.
The use of drones is strictly prohibited in and around Taj due to “security reasons”. In February 2017, the district administration of Agra had issued an order in this regard. The onus was placed on owners of hotels near Taj and they were asked to tell tourists, particularly foreigners, not to fly drones in the prohibited area.
Despite the order, over 25 incidents of drones being flown around the Taj Mahal have been reported in the past three years.

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