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Street dogs graduate in explosives detection course!
They are soon to be posted
in the hilly, forested southern interiors of the state - a hotbed of Maoist
insurgency though traditionally it’s Alsatians and
“I picked up four street dogs within my college premises and handed them over to 10 trainers to admit them to the CTJWC in July 2007 for a complete nine-month training. They are called Lily, Sally, Teja and Kareena,” B.K. Ponwar, director of CTJWC, told IANS.
“With the first batch having completed its training April 1, the three dogs are now fully capable of detecting IEDs up to six inches below the ground surface,” said Ponwar, a retired brigadier of the Indian Army
The CTJWC has now picked up two more street dogs and are looking for at least four to six more healthy puppies to begin the second batch of training. The first lesson of the course is of course ‘how to be obedient’.
“These trained street dogs can detect explosives up to 20 inches below the surface if advanced training capsules are offered,” Ponwar claimed. “I found them tougher, harder, sharper and more active than pedigreed dogs during the training period.
The Chhattisgarh government set up the CTJWC in
August 2005 and roped in Ponwar as director. He was
then heading the Indian Army’s prestigious Counter Insurgency and
Ponwar said: “
Officials at the Chhattisgarh police headquarters here say that the trained street dogs will soon be posted in either Bijapur or Dantewada district, which witnessed a flurry of landmine attacks by guerrillas on police and civilians facilities.