Chili powder-sprinkling drones are a first from India’s maiden drone police squad.

Aurangabad, India police aren’t the first to use drones in policing globally or in India but a unique Indian use case developed by the squad – the proposed sprinkling of concentrated chilli powder through drones to control unruly mobs – is a first. It is perhaps patent-worthy, too, says Yashasvi Yadav, an IIT graduate who is the police commissioner of Aurangabad.

The drone squad will have four drones and will carry up to 2 kg of chili concentrate. These drones will fly back to the command center before their batteries drain out or there’s any other emergency, all controlled using software.

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