‘Drone Prathap’ takes a flight violating Home Quarantine
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‘Drone Prathap’ takes a flight violating Home Quarantine

July 21, 2020

BBMP officials take him into custody in Mysuru

Bengaluru/Mysuru: N.M. Prathap or Drone Prathap, who had earned acclaims for creating over 600 drones using e-waste, has been exposed for his false claims. He is in fresh trouble for violating COVID-19 quarantine rules. He had gone missing from Bengaluru and the Bengaluru Police had formed three teams to nab him.

But the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials with the help of Talaghattapura Police, who traced him at Mandi Mohalla in Mysuru, have taken him back to Bengaluru and is now put under Facility Quarantine.

The BBMP officials had put a Quarantine seal on Prathap’s hand after he returned from Hyderabad and had instructed him to be under Home Quarantine at his flat in Anjanapura, Bengaluru.

But on July 16, Prathap violated the quarantine norms and had appeared for an interview in a TV channel and had later switched off his mobile phone and went absconding.  He had even flaunted before TV anchor that he has come out despite being ordered home quarantine due to his inter-State travel a day ago, and had even shown his Home Quarantine sticker on the live TV show.

This violation of rules was not taken lightly by the State Government and based on his admission on TV, the BBMP filed a case against him. His appearance at the TV studio has been seen as a major violation of rules during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, because if he is found to be COVID-19 positive, everybody who came in close contact with him in the TV studio and elsewhere will be in risk. It is being reported that he is in high risk because he had come in contact with a positive person.

After the telecast of the show, Police and quarantine squad members went to question Prathap for his violation at his flat in Anjanapura on Saturday but he was found missing. His phone was also found switched off. His phone record showed that his last known location was near Jnanabharathi campus in Kengeri, 16 kilometres away.

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After this, an FIR was registered against Prathap at the Talaghattapura Police Station under the National Disaster Management Act following a complaint from BBMP official Dr. Prayag. He was charged with two offences, violating quarantine rules to attend the TV interview, and switching off his phone and running away to avoid being captured by quarantine squad.

But the Police traced him through his last call details at Mandi Mohalla. He was staying at the house of his classmate there. Dr. Prayag, who arrived to Mysuru along with Police yesterday morning, took him into custody and went back to Bengaluru.

Talaghattapura Inspector Ramappa, speaking to Star of Mysore said that they took custody of Prathap last morning and handed him over to BBMP officials, who have put Prathap in Facility Quarantine and added that a charge-sheet against Prathap would be submitted to the Court after the quarantine period of Prathap ends.

Meanwhile, Mandi Inspector Narayanaswamy said that the Bengaluru Police and BBMP officials taking Prathap into their custody had not come to his notice.

14 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “‘Drone Prathap’ takes a flight violating Home Quarantine”

  1. Harsha says:

    mazing piece of Journalism! WOW, cant get over it!! No mention of his true achievements!
    These were the headlines from Previous issues of SOM since 2019 till now!
    Young Scientist ‘Drone’ Pratap Felicitated –
    Young Scientist N.M. Pratap Felicitated
    City’s Young Scientist To Devote Time On Multi-Drone Research
    He claimed that he built 600 drones using e-waste like Mixer grinder parts and used in rescue mission! Even one of the drones he used flew at supersonic speed to travel 300 KMs in 8 minutes
    He carried a string of photo shopped credentials and he conned even professors of SJCE, Jagadguru Shivarathreesshwara swamiji, Jaggesh, Sadadanda Gowda, Rahul Gandhi etc and almost all TV stations and media outlets.
    He continues his bluff even though he cant answer some basic physics question but profusely lectured the students about the value of honesty, integrity,hard work and truthfulness.
    He is a FAILED B.Sc student of JSS college with 2 subjects with single digits! yet he is able to travel many countries using the money due to his con games!
    Today, almost all TV channels are busy showing the people about all his lies! He cant answer a physic question and says he cant answer as he has a NON_DISCLOSURE agreement.. to answer a Science question!!
    Not even one person in the Media or the Academic or professional world did have the common sense to verify this too good to be true claims!
    He was honored in so many public forums!! Now all the people who encouraged him to this position should be ashamed of their life!
    Now, he was arrested was hoping this paper will show his true color! But, I think SOM and POLCIE still have not heard the truth! Instead of jailing him for his 4 crore rupees Fraud and insulting the public sentiments of the defrauded public who supported him he is arrested for a quarantine violation!

  2. Mann Ki Baat!! says:

    He is not the only con man. India has many like him, who con people in many different ways. The PM, the president, the central minsiters, the CMs and ministers in states, the doctors who were praised as the role models in this SOM, the IT company CEOs, the university VCs and professors, the religious seers etc.. there is a very long list of con men.
    This man is caught and others are not.
    That is independent India! Jai Hind!

  3. Rajiv Gowda says:

    @Mann Ki Baat!! Sorry to hear that you are so disappointed in India! I wish you catch the next COVID-19 flight and get to your Jannath very soon! Mann Ki Baat!!is a good enough name to book a flight for that ticket

  4. ankeatas says:

    Drone boy is more a Social Media Powered Urban Myth than fact. My God ! How dareingly he was showing someone else created Drone as his own Drore.
    See the truth: https://billzeye.de/stellungnahme-zu-den-falschmeldungen-von-herrn-nm-prathap-in-der-btv-live-show-in-indien

  5. Harsha says:

    Please see this link
    He is shamelessly preaching about Integrity, Honesty, Hard work and Dedication in front of top academicians!
    When we go for an interview with these folks, they can literally tear you to pieces if you don’t remember the answer to a technical question. He inaugurated a function as the chief guest in front of them!
    This guy was asked on a TV channel about a fundamental of mechanical engineering and he bluffed that he had a non-disclosure agreement and cant disclose it! Like if somebody asks you what is newton’s third law and you see you have non-disclosure agreement!

  6. Harsha says:

    @Mann Ki Baat!! May be you are right, but, this fatalistic attitude that everything is rotten, will let such worms flourish! Because nobody cared to verify the truth he could make up to 5 crores while people who financed him were thinking they were helping a poor boy progress in life! Now, even the genuine ones will not be trusted! There are so many engineering graduates with real degrees and skills are unable to find a decent job!
    Now he will escape the punishment also because somebody is going to compare his cheating with 2G scandal ! the difference is , we elected a government which looted us versus the person lied to everybody including the PhD holders and gotten away!

  7. Hello, hello! says:

    Whilst Indian so called defence analysts and others do not believe that China has military superiority in airforce and navy specifically with many stealth fighters, stealth and sea-skimming missiles manufactured in China, and despite the evidence available, India has so called experts who believe this con man! That is because, Indians these days think that they are in noway inferior to the West and any con man prattles about technologies like the drones which he has designed and readied for launch, they believe with no scepticism.
    This is not the only con man, scores of Indians are caught with false degree certificates which look better than original, produce bank statements to get visa to study in the West, which shows plenty of funds available, but in fact put there for a fee of a few thousand Rupees for a period until the visa is issued. There are thousands of so called students who enter Europe, Australia and US, and many of them drop out and disappear.
    India has call and customer centres for some big international banks and for credit card companies, and details of the account holders are routinely sold to other criminals by the employees of these call centres and customer services. I came across in my own case, an incident where my bank account details are leaked out by a Mumbai-based customer service of my Bank . My bank branch, where I live in the Western country, alerted me about this. They said, this happens routinely, and cut off the link to that customer centre.
    It nis a pity with a great ancient culture, many have sunk to con practices.
    I am not surprised about this man at all! Indians like him are in plentiful in India.

  8. ankeatas says:

    Some people are so lucky even if they Fake arround the World by accuiring the title Young Scientist using with fake Certificates. and they are not punished.

  9. Sridhar says:

    We Can’t blame him for 100% . What he committed was a Fraud, a Crime and forgery no doubt and need to be imprisoned for at least 10 years! But He showed the stupidity of our Media, Politicians, Kaavis, Khakis, common people, everybody who thought they found a Thomas Edison without asking a question! Media wanted to improve their TRP. Just imagine, today one more Pradeep shows up in the market tells you his dog’s urine is a special vaccine against COVID-19 and everybody starts believing him and drank dog urine, 6 months later, found there was no proof! whose fault is that?
    What is shameful is , still all these people whom he cheated let him live a life of freedom! and tomorrow he may produce an affidavit signed by a judge(who may also be stupid to sign it) that all he said was true and he is not answerable to anybody!
    He is arrested on Quarantine violation! He may already have bargained a deal by paying a fraction of of his loot!
    This is the beauty of India! If I default or delay on a loan, the loan sharks may break my bone or even kill me even if the payment is delayed! A person who defrauded the entire nation is roaming free!

  10. Mann Ki Baat!! says:

    @Rajiv Gowda
    I left India when your Gowda community took over all walks of life in Karnataka. Gowdas claiming back ward caste tag, got admission to medical colleges, and passed the exams because they were Gowdas and became doctors and specialists, because they were Gowdas. They never came up through merit , not one of them. Thousands of clever men and women left Mysuru because of this backward caste Gowda scam. Hence, we live in the West. Yes, these Gowda doctors arrive, but fail the exams to become specialists, and go back to Karnataka.
    Deve Gowda in his brief period as the PM , thanks to his worship of Sonia Gandhi,, packed central institutions with Gowdas. That made many leave India too.
    Rajiv Gowda, you show, why you are a Gowda, which means sans brain! “Mann Ki Baat” is the name of the programme your PM uses to address people like you!
    Why there is surprise, when a con man is caught and unmasked? India is full of them.

  11. ankeatas says:

    On one of the Video he mentioned he has Schengen Visa and there he dont need visa stamp for 47 Countries.
    But there are only 26 Countries under Schengen : Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
    So how did this buggar say 47 Countries ????

  12. Krishnan says:

    @ankeatas All indications are that he will not only escape any punishment but even be rewarded! Yesterday I saw a movie director Rajashekar talking on some channel, saying he has paid this crook 1 lakh for making a biopic of this “prodigal Scientist’ ! He wants his money back, but still was praising him as a fantastic story teller and still wants to make the movie as it is an irresistible story! !
    Already many people have started comparing to the mega scams under UPA and make 5 crore look a small amount. There is a caste angle, poverty angle and all kinds of spins have started ! Some are saying, he is brilliant but exaggerated a little, excited by seeing the audience! Others saying he is just 22 a little immature! Some are arguing, if we push him to tell the truth, he may commit suicide! Let bygones be bygones! But his Demeanor does not look like this suicidal kind but rather that of a murderer!! All kinds of efforts to down play this crime is already in place!

  13. Hello, hello! says:

    Indian passport does not allow people to have such visas.


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