20:04 GMT05 August 2020
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    The police in the southern Indian state of Karnataka became one of the first departments in the country to operate a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The drones will help to monitor criminal activities.

    India has purchased 12 South Korean Phantom 4 UAVs for Rs 150,000 (US $2,250) each. They fly as high as 1 km and remain in the air for over 30 minutes. The drones are equipped with high definition 18.2 megapixel cameras and night vision capability to track activities and movements from 5 km away.

    About 20 policemen have been trained to operate the UAVs in six districts of the state. According to a police spokesman, these drones have already helped to detect illegal sand mining along the Karnataka-Andhra Pradesh border.

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