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Odisha: Puri Police Serves Notice To Jay Panda And Two Co-Passengers In Chilika Airspace Violation Case

**Bhubaneswar:** Puri Police have issued a notice to former Kendrapada MP, Baijayant Panda and two co-passengers who were aboard a helicopter which allegedly violated airspace norms over Chilika on September 15.

Speaking to mediapersons Puri SP Dr Sarthank Sarangi said, “Since the IMFA officials did not turn up for the inquiry, our investigating officer have gone to the company’s office today and served a notice. The pilot and two co-passengers have been asked to appear for examination at 12 pm on Wednesday.”

Sarangi said, prima facie enquiry revealed that it was same helicopter which the trio was aboard, that landed near Chilika sea mouth on September 15.

“The Airports Authority of India, Bhubaneswar have confirmed, on that day no other aircraft or helicopter was given permission to fly in that area. From this it is conclusive that the chopper in question had flown and landed over Chilika,” Sarangi added.

The cops also questioned a group of fishermen and tourists who corroborated the alleged violation. “The landing not only affected the movement of dolphins, the tourists were also perturbed by the unannounced movement and landing of the chopper in an eco-sensitve zone,” Sarangi said.

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