The Indian Air Force, and security agencies at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, have been put on alert for aerial threats after multiple reports of sightings of mysterious drone-like UFOs flying around and near the international airport.
But UFO and alien enthusiasts continue to debate why aliens are taking interest in the ongoing international summit.
According to the Hindustan Times, an air force officer monitoring air traffic at the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) tower reported that at about 10:44 a.m. on Friday, he noticed a UFO flying over runway 9-27, the smallest runway at the airport.
He noticed a second UFO at 10:50 a.m. and another at 10:55 a.m., both flying near the boundary of the airport.
According to an airport official, "A member of Indian Air Force (IAF) sits at the ATC tower of Delhi airport. At 10:44 a.m. on Friday, he first noticed a flying object over runway 9-27, the smallest runway of Delhi airport. He reported two more objects at 10:50 a.m. and 10:55 a.m., flying outside the airport boundary."
The Indian Air Force immediately dispatched a helicopter to investigate the UFO sighting but nothing was found, according to reports.
But authorities were alarmed because that was not the first time that a UFO drone had been reported flying around and near the airport during the week.
Earlier on Tuesday, ATC officers reported seeing a UFO near the runway but investigators found no conclusive evidence.
According to an official, "On Tuesday, an ATC staff had claimed of having spotted a drone-like object but could not support his claim with any evidence. This time [Friday] also, we do not have any evidence."
"This is alarming," the official added.
"An ATC staff... spotted a drone-like object but could not support his claim with evidence. This time also, we do not have any evidence... this is alarming."
Use of laser beams is prohibited in the vicinity of the airport, according to the Hindustan Times.
Spooked by the multiple reports, the top security organizations in the country, including the Intelligence Bureau, the Indian Air Force (IAF), the Delhi Police, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), held an emergency meeting, and it was decided that the air force should be placed on alert and any suspicious UFO shot down, according to the India Times.
An official said the authorities were deeply concerned about the sightings at the time that India was hosting the India-Africa Forum Summit.
"Even the ATC radar couldn't capture anything on Tuesday. On Friday, some staff claimed that the radar had captured a flying object," the official said. "But later we found no evidence. No one is sure as to what is happening. But we have put everyone on alert as we do not want to take any risks, especially with the VIP movements due to the India-Africa Forum Summit."
Security officials admitted that the UFOs could have been drones but said it was odd that despite efforts and heightened security at the airport, the UFOs could not be traced or their origin determined.
The incidents have sparked rumors of stealth alien UFO surveillance of the airport. But no one has suggested why aliens should be concerned about goings on during the India-African Forum summit.
According to India Times reader Anish Naidu, "I am a firm believer in ET visitations. They have always been around. All the major world governments know about this reality. We have been in touch with some of these advanced beings for more than six decades now."
"It's very disappointed that people are acting like dumb and ignoring this fact that the universe is a huge place for just human existence," Reji Poulose said. "Many whistleblowers have testified to the existence of ET and aliens."
Ngon Kyo argued that the authorities need to be careful to avoid attacking peaceful or friendly aliens who might have superior military technology.
"Don't shoot it down right away, they might be friendly, coming in peace, maybe. Their techs might be much more advanced than [ours]."
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