India debuts drones for crowd control

India debuts drones for crowd control
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[Ed. – Hmm.  This sounds like a remote-control hijacking waiting to happen.]

Drones will soon perform a special task in the state capital apart from functioning as eyes in the sky with the Lucknow Police planning to use them for dispersing mobs.

These little unmanned mini-choppers are already in use in various sensitive parts of Uttar Pradesh for taking aerial snaps, but for the first time the hi-tech gadget will be used to control unruly crowds.

“We have purchased five drone cameras with capacity of lifting two kg weight. They can be used to shower pepper powder on an unruly mob in case of any trouble,” Senior Superintendent of Police Yashasvi Yadav told PTI here today. …

The drones, which can cost up to Rs 6 lakh each, can fly up to 600 metre in a one-kilometre radius, Yadav said, adding that the drone surveillance will be formally launched by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav later this month. …

Under the police modernisation initiative, a modern control room that manages the ‘Dial 100’ helpline in the city, has already been set up here. This control room will monitor the drones, the SSP added.

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