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Modern policing: How UP Police is planning to use drones to disperse mobs

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

The capital of Uttar Pradesh will soon have Drones performing a special task for Lucknow police. The aerial device will act as eyes in the sky for the Lucknow Police department and will be used to disperse mobs.

For the very first time in a state, such a hi-tech gadget will be used to control unruly crowds. The little unmanned mini-choppers have already been put to use in various sensitive parts of Uttar Pradesh for taking aerial snaps and helping the police.

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

“The drone camera made its debut in the city when the district administration deployed the device for surveillance last year during Muharram and also during the Lucknow Mahotsav and Republic Day parade”, he added.

The drones, which can cost up to Rs 6 lakh each, can fly up to 600 metre in a one-kilometre radius.

The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS), which are also known as drones, are the aircrafts either controlled by the pilots from the ground or followed by a pre-programmed mission. The UAVs have propellers spinning at the end of its eight spidery arms.

The drone surveillance will be formally launched by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav later this month.

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Social Media Team Helps UP Police To Curb Hate Posts About Ayodhya Verdict On Social Media

Several WhatsApp groups went into the 'admin only' mode across the country to avoid posting of any objectionable content by any member after the judgment

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Appeals were also made to Social Media users to exercise restraint and not post any content that would create communal disharmony. PIxabay

A social media monitoring team in each of the 75 districts in the state, proactive measures to sanitise WhatsApp and constant monitoring of certain groups helped Uttar Pradesh Police control the spread of hate speech and misinformation on various social media platforms as the Supreme Court delivered the historic verdict in the Ayodhya title suit, a top state police officer said on Saturday.

The UP Police ensured well in advance that no WhatsApp groups in the communally-sensitive areas were able to post fake, mischievous or hate messages and disturb the law and order situation, Ashutosh Pandey, Additional Director General (ADG), UP Police, and special in-charge of Ayodhya security, told IANS during an interaction.

“We had instructed thousands of WhatsApp groups in the communally-sensitive pockets to go in ‘admin only’ mode or else face the music in case hate posts are seen emanating from such groups after the verdict,” said Pandey.

“We appointed a social media monitoring team in each of the 75 districts to look into Ayodhya-related posts and comments,” he informed.

The ‘admin only’ mode for WhatsApp groups ensured that only the admin of a particular group, not any member, was able to post messages after the verdict.

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A social media monitoring team in each of the 75 districts in the state, proactive measures to sanitise WhatsApp and constant monitoring of certain groups helped Uttar Pradesh Police control the spread of hate speech and misinformation on various Social Media platforms. Pixabay

Appeals were also made to social media users to exercise restraint and not post any content that would create communal disharmony.

Several WhatsApp groups went into the ‘admin only’ mode across the country to avoid posting of any objectionable content by any member after the judgment.

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In what will go down in history as one of its most landmark verdicts, the Supreme Court on Saturday granted the ownership of the 2.77 acres of disputed land in Ayodhya to the Hindus, paving the way for the construction of a Ram Temple, and ruled that the Muslims will get 5 acres of land at an alternative site. (IANS)