CHENNAI: Scouting location for a film that he was producing using a drone landed the son of actor YG Mahendran in trouble after he was detained by Pattinapakkam police here on Sunday for flying it without permission.
According to police, YGM Harsha was flying the drone near the Adyar river mouth near Pattinapakkam around 6.45 am on Sunday. He was apparently scouting the area for a suitable location to can scenes for a film that he was supposedly producing/directing.
Spotting the flying object, a crowd of onlookers soon formed near the area. A patrol team that was filling up fuel from a petrol bunk nearby saw the crowd and approached it to enquire what was going on, when they spotted Harsha flying the drone.
Upon enquiry, it was learnt that Harsha was flying the drone without permit. He was detained and taken to police station for further enquiry. A case was registered under Section 187, 188 and 330 of the Indian Penal Code.
However, he was later let off after he posted a bail bond and gave in writing that he would not repeat the act. After a series of instances where drones were used by city residents, the city police commissionerate had issued guidelines making it mandatory to obtain permission before flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly called drones.