Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, November 5
After playing a yeoman’s role in counter-insurgency operations, Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force’s K-9 veterans have helped expand their ranks.
As many as 17 boisterous Malinois pups have been born at the its National Training Centre for Dogs (NTCD) at Bhanu.
ITBP dog Olga has given birth to nine pups while Oleshya has eight pups. They have been sired by another ITBP dog, Gala, who too has been deployed in counter insurgency operations.
Interestingly, Gala also carried out anti-sabotage duty at Atal Tunnel near Manali when it was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently.
Olga and Oleshya, both five years old, have a track record of safeguarding ITBP troops by sanitizing routes as part of road opening parties and deterring ambushes. Both have detected IEDs numerous times.
“They are genetically top-class pups, from a very robust blood line imbibing the best genetic vigour from the mothers, who are fearless, agile and with superb olfactory capacity,” Sudhakar Natarajan, Deputy Inspector General (Vet), said. They are now on a diet of mother’s milk and semi-solid food.
The ITBP has received requests for dogs reared by it from other Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) for undertaking their respective security duties.
ITBP was the first Force to deploy Malinois dogs in left wing extremism hit areas a decade ago, and now they have also started scientifically breeding K9s to meet own demands and provide pups to other CAPFs and State Police Forces as mandated by MHA.
ITBP’s K-9 counter insurgency veterans increase their ranks by giving birth to 17 pups.