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Seaplane Row: Puri Cops seize Baijayant Panda’s Chopper

ONI Bureau: In a dramatic development tonight, the Puri Police have seized the hangar and IMFA helicopter being flown by former MP Baijayant Panda accusing him of flying over the Chilika Lake on September 15 by flouting the guidelines.

Earlier, the media reports said a Seaplane landed on Chilika Lake on September 15, 2018. Later, the Chilika Development Authority (CDA) filed a hand written FIR saying a white coloured chopper flew over the “eco sensitive zone” in Chilika Lake at 1:30 PM.

Later, Puri SP Sarthak Sarangi told the media that the IMFA Hangar and the helicopter flown by Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda was seized by the cops on the basis of a report filed by DGCA. He also said two more people were with him inside the chopper and an investigation has been launched against Mr. Panda and a case has been filed.

However, some netizens have raised questions saying when the Airport Director confirmed that the chopper landed in Bhubaneswar at 1:26 PM, how it’s possible for it to fly over Chilika Lake at 1:30 PM as mentioned in the FIR copy.

The former MP lashed out at the Government in a series of tweets, accusing them of hatching a conspiracy to stall his movement across the state. “Brazen attempt to handicap my movement around Odisha, but they cant stop me,” he tweeted.

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