Chopper controversy: Puri police summon Jay Panda

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Bhubaneswar: Puri police on Tuesday issued a summon notice to expelled Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda for allegedly flying his helicopter over the eco-sensitive Zone of Chilika Lake.

The Marine police have issued the summon notice to Panda, asking him to depose before it on Wednesday. The police will grill him to elicit more information into the controversial issue.

On the other hand, the police today summoned some employees of IMFA and questioned them over the illegal flying of the chopper. The police officials questioned the IMFA employees that in which circumstances the chopper entered the bird sanctuary and whether they had any permission for flying the chopper in the eco-sensitive zone.

The police are also probing as to how Panda, who does not have a commercial license, had flown over the area with two passengers.

The preliminary inquiry reveals that Panda along with his two journalist friends from Delhi flew over the no-flying zone of Chilika. Panda flew the chopper low over the sanctuary and entered into it.

Meanwhile, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is all set to probe into the allegations of flying of the helicopter over the eco-sensitive Zone of Chilika Lake.

Suresh Chandra Hota, director of Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA), informed that the black box data from the chopper will be examined to find out its flight details and whether it had flown over the sanctuary.

Notably, Puri police on Monday seized Baijayant Panda’s helicopter at Bhubaneswar airport for allegedly violating rules by flying over Chilika Lake. The hanger houses the chopper was also sealed.

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