Toy plane lands in parliament, causes alarm

April 29th, 2009 - 6:09 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 29 (IANS) A palm-size, remote-controlled toy plane Wednesday sent alarm bells ringing after it landed in the parliament house premises and exposed loopholes in security, an official said.
The remote-controlled toy helicopter came flying from the western side of the parliament complex, from the Talkatora Road, at about 11.15 a.m.

A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel found it near the statue of late president Rajendra Prasad near the parliament annexe and reported the matter to the control room.

The security agencies immediately dispatched a Quick Reaction Team (QRT) and seized the toy.

The parliament complex has been declared a no-flying zone since the terrorist attack on it in December 2001.

The security agencies denied any security breach in Wednesday’s incident.

“It was a child who was flying the toy plane from the Gurdwara Rakab Ganj. The child lost control and the toy plane got out of bounds. It drifted and landed in the parliament annexe. There is nothing to worry,” a senior security official told IANS.

However, the official added the incident had rung alarm bells and brought to light possible loopholes in the security system. “The matter is being taken seriously in the backdrop of increased threat from terrorists.”

Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Shankar Das said he was not aware of any such incident. “I have no reports whatsoever and I have not been asked to investigate the matter,” he told IANS.

CRPF, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Delhi Police are primarily responsible for security at the parliament complex.

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