Dogs to help destroy terrorist hideouts
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 20, 2011, 16:40
New Delhi: A new set of specially trained canines have been raised by security forces to go beyond their sniffing skills and help them in stealthily planting IEDs in terrorist hideouts and even stealing their weapons.

The canines raised by Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) are being hailed as the first such squad in any force including the army and are called Bomb Drop Dog (BDD) and Weapon Retrieval Dog (WRD).

"The task of the BDD dog is to quietly place a remote controlled Improvised Explosive Device (IED) near the terrorist hideout when our troops are pinned down by their fire. The bomb is then remotely detonated inflicting damage on the terrorists," a senior ITBP officer said.

The WRD dog is used for cleaning up operations and retrieval of weapons of militants before the troops get an all-clear signal to enter the suspected hideout, the officer said.

The canines, all labradors, have been trained and raised by the ITBP National Training Centre for Dogs (NTCD) near Chandigarh which is known for delivering some very sharp dogs to various police and anti-terror squads in the country and has been marked as a centre for excellence for this job.

A lot of effort has gone in training these dogs and they will prove an asset for security forces operating in anti-naxal and counter-insurgency areas, the officer said.

The dogs have recently been brought to the national capital where they will publicly display their skills for the first time during the ITBP raising day on October 24 here.

The NTCD team which has trained these dogs was recently decorated with the Director General (DG) insignia for this maiden effort.


First Published: Thursday, October 20, 2011, 16:40

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