Home Opinions Jay Panda's chopper seized by Odisha police - Law and order issue or vindictive politics?

Jay Panda’s chopper seized by Odisha police – Law and order issue or vindictive politics?

In an unusual and unprecedented event, Puri police yesterday seized the Hangar and Helicopter of Indian Metals and Ferro Alloys (IMFA) group, which is owned by Jay Panda’s family. While Jay has gone all gun blazing on Social media saying it’s a vindictive move by Naveen Patnaik to stop his movements in Odisha, the administration is firm on its stance that there may be a procedural lapse by Panda while flying his chopper over Chilika lake and matter is under investigation.

On 15th of September, Jay Panda did fly over Rajhans island. He took off from Bhubaneswar at 08:46 hours. Flew over Chilika-Puri-Konark en route to Garadpur in Kendrapada and reached Bhubaneswar at 13:26 hours. This is corroborated by the ATC at Biju Patnaik International (BPI) airport attested by the airport director Mr S.C. Hota himself. The flight plan was duly submitted and clearance was taken for the flight path. It was flying at the designated height of FL 500 (500 feet) as authorised by ATC. Both the airport director and co-passengers of Jay Panda do confirm that they did not land anywhere near Chilika.

- Advertisement - - article resumes -

The administration version, however, is a little different. To begin with, there were initial media reports about a seaplane landing in Chilika. It’s worthwhile to mention that, there were plans of a sea aerodrome in Chilika, to which CDA (Chilika Development Authority) had given a written submission on why it will be a threat to the fragile ecology at Chilika. It sees the largest migratory bird population in India during winters and also is a preserved site under Ramsar wetlands convention. A seaplane landing in Chilika can be a threat to the ecological balance and threaten the wildlife. However, the seaplane landing in Chilika was just a media report.

The official FIR, filed by Assistant Conservator of Forests (ACF), CDA, Binod Acharya, mentions a chopper flying over Chilika at a “dangerous height” endangering wildlife and human life. The FIR also mentions that the said event took place at 13:30 hours. Remember, ATC data corroborates that Jay Panda flew over Rajhans at 08:46 hours and by 13:26, he was back in Bhubaneswar. It is not clear, whether it was a seaplane or chopper that was flying over Chilika at 13:30 or if anything was flying at all. The statement from the airport director also says that they are not aware of any other movement over Chilika except Jay Panda’s chopper.

Copy of the FIR

That being said, what is also baffling here is, what is the criminality for which the hangar and the chopper have been seized. ATC establishes that the flight plan along with flight level was approved and authorised. Did Jay Panda deviate from the designated FL and flew dangerously low? FDR (Flight data Recorder – Black box) data can easily corroborate that.

FIR states that the object flew over Chilika at 13:30 hours. ATC data attested by BPI airport director states Jay Panda was back in Bhubaneswar by 13:26 hours. While Puri SP says that the matter is under investigation, what was the hurry in seizing IMFA’s hangar and Jay Panda’s chopper, without substantial proof? They could have taken the FDR for investigation without seizing the entire thing. Also, Chilika isn’t a no-fly zone. Most flights from Vizag and Hyderabad to Bhubaneswar fly over Chilika.

With past history of Naveen’s vindictiveness and relation getting sour between Naveen Patnaik and Jay Panda, this smacks of highhandedness by the administration at the behest of the Chief Minister. Whether, it’s actually Naveen Patnaik, who instructed the turn of events as it happened or Puri police just followed procedure following a filing of FIR becomes immaterial.

The unusual action taken by police does raise eyebrows. State administration targeting Jay Panda through his family run business IMFA isn’t new after all. Earlier in 2017, when the crack between him and BJD became apparent, state government shut down 2 Chromite mines owned by IMFA over flouting environment rules.

Does Naveen Patnaik actually want to restrict Jay Panda’s movement in the state? Is he actually wary of Jay Panda? Only time will tell. However, as we had reported earlier, recently expelled senior member and ex-minister Damodar Rout is trying to get all expelled members of BJD under one roof and create an anti-BJD force. It may be natural that Naveen Patnaik will try to thwart any such threat by nipping them at the bud. However, this high handedness, whether under instruction from Naveen Patnaik or not, will give cannon fodder to Jay Panda’s camp. How the event unfolds politically, remains to be seen.

UPDATE: The events have taken some bizarre turn and BJD MLAs are protesting in front of assembly with posters demanding the arrest of Jay Panda and Abhijit Iyer Mitra who was his co-passenger. This removes any doubt, whatsoever, that these series of events are politically motivated.

Help Us Reach Every Indian, Please Share This Post
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Advertisement

Big Story

80 doctors at the RG Kar Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata have resigned demanding an apology from the Chief Minister for her remarks.

2019 World Cup Is Here!

Catch the latest on Cricket World Cup as it unfolds, special coverage by Opindia

Order to demolish and remove cross

Village officer issues order to demolish and remove crosses planted by Church on encroached land near Sabarimala

Crosses have been planted on the sacred lands of Panchalimedu, believed to be a place inhabited by Pandavas during the 12 years of exile.

Even as 700 doctors resign, TMC leader Abu Taher Khan Chaudhury accused of threatening doctors with rape and murder

There are videos circulating on social media which purportedly show the Trinamool MP from Murshidabad, Abu Taher Khan threatening the doctors at the institution. The politician, however, has denied all allegations.

A dystopian future where Hindu nationalists take over: Social media reacts to Netflix’s latest Hinduphobic show ‘Leila’

After Ghoul and Sacred Games, Leila is the third show on Netflix that demonizes Hindus.

Mamata didi, we upheld our Hippocratic oath during trying times, you failed the allegiance you swore to the Constitution

The Bengal Health Crisis has escalated to immense proportions. With Doctors across the state submitting their resignations, Mamata Banerjee has a severe crisis on her hands.

Corrupt businessmen and Islamists try to get Modi ‘arrested’ ahead of BRICS, read how they failed

The businessmen are the ones who helped President Zuma in his corruption

Our Children, Our Future: Dear Smriti Irani, these child development and humanitarian issues cannot wait

It is time that attention is drawn towards three disturbing trends in child development, especially relating to the most vulnerable children in our society - orphans, runaways, children of the indigent and children of marginalized sections of society.

Pakistani pop singer wanted a Dutch MP killed for blasphemy, this is where she learnt bigotry from

The irony of all this is that Tablighi Jamaat promotes segregation and believes that women should stay at home
Bishop Ezra Sargunam

Meet the controversial anti-Hindu evangelist, Bishop Ezra Sargunam, who wanted to punch Hindus in the face

The Bishop urges the group to take up the challenge and spread the word that there is no such thing as Hindu religion. If at all anyone does oppose to this, the Bishop without hesitation asked the group to punch them in the face and make sure they bleed.

Corrupt Gupta brothers and the big fat weddings in Auli, Uttarakhand: Did the BJP govt in the state miss their sketchy past?

The weddings that are set to take place in the picturesque mountains are that of the offsprings of the Gupta brothers. While Ajay Gupta's son Suryakant gets married on June 18-20, his younger brother Atul Gupta's son Shashank ties the knot on June 20-22.

The Islamic onslaught in West Bengal: A saga that started long before the current state regime made it worse

The Islamisation of Bengal has been a slow and steady process, repetitive governments have chosen to ignore their rising population, rather using the community as a vote bank.
Subscribe to Day's Top Stories
- Advertisment -

Latest articles

Connect with us

170,185FansLike
149,073FollowersFollow
69,680SubscribersSubscribe
Help Us Reach Every Indian, Please Share This Post