India Country plans to use pepper-spray drones for crowd control

The drones which cost between $9,560 and $19,300 will be fitted with a camera and pepper spray.

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Angry and unruly crowds in India will be dispersed by pepper sprays shot from the sky, so says police in Northern India.

According to Yashasvi Yadav, Senior Superintendent of police in Lucknow, northern India who spoke with CNN, the city's force has bought 4 drones and is in the process of purchasing one more.

Yadav said the drones have been tested in controlled conditions and they were very succesful.

The drones which cost between $9,560 and $19,300 will be fitted with a camera and pepper spray.

Reactions to this move have however been mixed with some concerned about the suppression of freedom of speech, something that is an already contentious issue in India.

Photojournalist Chirag Wakaskar in Mumbai said of the move, "while I think it is bound to fail if not be another scam in the making, it also shows the mindset of the administration to not use dialogue and mediation to solve problems but use authoritarian and forceful methods"

The drones will reportedly be officially launched by the Chief Minister of Lucknow, Akhilesh Yadavlater in the month.

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