Yet again, the Delhi police turns to drones to monitor dissenters – this time in Shaheen Bagh. According to Awaz the Voice, there was heavy police deployment outside the office of Popular Front of India (PFI) in the Shaheen Bagh area on September 28. The move comes a day after the Union Ministry of Home Affairs declared that the PFI and its associates -- the Rehab India Foundation, Campus Front of India, All India Imams Council, National Confederation of Human Rights Organisation, National Women's Front, Junior Front, Empower India Foundation and Rehab India Fooundation, Kerala -- as an "unlawful association." As per a government order, all social media platforms have been ordered to remove any and all online content related to the organisation "in the interest of security of the state" and "public order." According to Newslaundry, several PFI members were detained in the second round of nationwide raids on the organisation. The PFI has been accused of funding terrorism and influencing Muslim youth to join terrorist organisations. The police also imposed prohibitory orders in Jamia Nagar area around 10 days before deploying the drones. Why it matters: During the farmers’ protest, the Delhi police had deployed drones to monitor the protest sites along the national capital’s borders. However, RTIs filed by MediaNama revealed that the use of drones for police work was never authorised by the Civil Aviation Ministry, or the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), that regulate drone use in India. Similarly, the police failed to answer…
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