The Kerala government is stepping up efforts to check the misuse of drones in the backdrop of a drone attack that took place a few months ago on the IAF station at Jammu airport. The Kerala government launched a first-of-its-kind Drone Forensic Lab and Research Centre on Friday, as per a report by news agency ANI. According to Thiruvananthapuram's Additional Director General of Police Manoj Abraham, the lab aims to look into both the utility and threat aspects of the drone. The lab was inaugurated by Kerala's Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at the Kerala State Police CyberDome. Vijayan emphasised the need for the state's law enforcement agencies to catch up with remotely-operated drones which are emerging as force multipliers in the hands of criminals. He also added that the facility would help investigators gain an edge over those who operate drones for illegal purposes. Citing the recent instance of a drone attack on the Indian Air Force base in the Jammu region, Vijayan said that there is information that anti-national forces are using drones for destructive activities including spying, smuggling, and terrorism. More details about the Drone Forensic Lab ADGP Manoj Abraham told ANI that an anti-drone mechanism would be devised to check the misuse of drones as witnessed at Indian borders. He also said: "The mechanism so devised will also be capable of identifying all kinds of drones flying within a radius of five km and will also be capable of neutralizing it. Analyses of drones will take the place at…
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