A senior security official said that a report about a sighting of a round UFO hovering over the residence of the Prime Minister on Lok Kalyan Marg in New Delhi briefly fazed security personnel in the VIP area but put their suspicions to rest after the immediate search discovered nothing.
The Perimeter Security Officer gave an “OK Report” to Delhi Police after the search ended.
Dependra Pathak, a Delhi police spokesperson and special commissioner of police, affirmed the sighting but said the inside information of the event could not be disclosed. Pathak explained the sighting was reported but not alarming, and keeping security reasons in mind; more details cannot be shared.
An unnamed officer cited in the first instance said that Special Protection Group (SPG) sent information about the sighting to PM’s security unit of Delhi Police and the Delhi airport operations control centre, which received the report around 7:30 pm. The Delhi airport operations control centre comprises staff from the Delhi International Airport Ltd, Central Industrial Security Force, and the air force.
Immediately, the alert was communicated to the National Security Guards and the Intelligence Bureau. Also, put on high alert was the Delhi Air Traffic Control (ATC).
According to the officer cited above, the Delhi Police was also roped in, which assured a temporary extra deployment on the fringe of the PM’s residence, while other security agencies performed the drill to hunt down the suspected menace.
Such an incident taken place is not the first time. Around 10 pm, on September 17, 2017, the Delhi police security control room received a report about a drone-like object sighting around the Parliament area. However, an ACT’s radar, which cannot capture small flying objects in any case, caught no object.
In the same month, ATC was informed by the Delhi Police control room about the drone-like flying object sighting above a hospital in a southern suburb. However, authorities found nothing.
In November, draft regulations for the use of drones in the country were unveiled. The guidelines for the use of drones will be finalised when the Directorate General of Civil Aviation receives a response from the ministry of home affairs and the ministry of defence.