After the ban on drones and Paragliders in the Mumbai skies now Mumbai Police has ban the flying lanterns in the skies this Diwali over fears of likely misuse by terrorists and anti-social elements to carry out a strike.
The order was passed by the Mumbai Fire Brigade who had written letter to Mumbai Police, yesterday objecting the use of flying lanterns in the Mumbai skies in a bid to stop possible threats and fire caused to high building towers.
On Speaking with Chief of Fire Brigade PS Rahangdale said, ‘we all want to celebrate peaceful Diwali, flying of lanterns which is also known a Chinese lanterns is high during Diwali and Makar Sankranti festivals. The use of this lanterns are serious threats to aircraft, building towers and terrorist may also misuse it. Every year we received call during Diwali about the fire mishap which is caused by this lanterns and fire crackers. We have written letter to Mumbai Police about the ban on flying lanterns.’
The Fire Brigade chief also cited data of calls received at their stations during Diwali in the last three years. A total of 217 calls were received in three years from 2013 to 2015.
After the letter received by Mumbai Police, it has issued order prohibiting use of the flying lanterns. If anyone found flying lanterns in the skies the person may land into the jail. The person may also booked under section 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code.