‘Sophie’ and ‘Vida’, the award-winning Army canines, discover point out in PM’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’

New Delhi, August 28

In his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio broadcast, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid glowing tributes to India’s canine brigade and particularly talked about about ‘Sophie’ and ‘Vida’, the 2 courageous canines who have been awarded the Chief of Army Staff’s Commendation Cards on August 15.

Modi additionally exhorted these planning to lift a pet canine to undertake one from the Indian breeds, saying they’re “very good and capable”.

“Sophie and Vida are the dogs of the Indian Army who have been awarded the Chief of Army Staff ‘Commendation Cards’. Sophie and Vida received this honour because they performed their duties diligently while protecting their country,” the prime minister mentioned.

Military sources mentioned Vida, belonging to an Army canine unit beneath Udhampur-headquartered Northern Command, was instrumental within the well timed detection of 5 mines and one grenade buried underground, stopping potential casualties and accidents of troops.

Sophie, an explosive detection canine, saved lives by sniffing out the presence of initiator/accelerant which might have been swiftly used to manufacture an IED (improvised explosive machine), they mentioned.

“Sophie and Vida received this honour because they performed their duties diligently while protecting their country. Our armed forces and security forces have many such brave dogs who not only live for the country but also sacrifice themselves for the country,” the prime minister mentioned.

He mentioned such canines have performed an important function in thwarting quite a few bomb blasts and terrorist conspiracies.

In his radio broadcast, Modi additionally talked about about ‘Balaram’, a canine who sniffed out ammunition on the route of the Amarnath Yatra, and ‘Bhavana’ who searched out an IED in 2002 however died later in an explosion triggered by terrorists.

“You might have seen a very moving scene on TV a few days ago, in which the Beed Police were giving their canine colleague Rocky a final farewell with all due respect. Rocky had helped the police in solving over 300 cases,” Modi mentioned.

Mentioning about Indian canine breeds, the prime minister mentioned they price much less to lift and are higher tailored to the Indian setting and environment, including that the safety businesses are additionally inducting these canines.

“Among the Indian breeds, Mudhol Hound and Himachali Hound are of excellent pedigree. Rajapalayam, Kanni, Chippiparai and Kombai are fabulous Indian breeds. They cost less to raise and are better adapted to the Indian environment and surroundings,” Modi mentioned.

He additional mentioned: “Search for these breeds on the internet and know more about them – The beauty and qualities of these breeds will leave you astounded!”

The navy sources mentioned the prevalence of the “canine soldiers” employed by the Indian Army has led to an growing demand from pleasant international international locations, together with Bangladesh, Myanmar and Cambodia for buying canines skilled by the Remount and Veterinary Corps (RVC).

Countries like South Africa, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Seychelles are eager on getting their personnel skilled in canine dealing with programs carried out by the Indian Army. Japan has additionally proven curiosity within the coaching requirements of Indian Army canines, they mentioned.

The sources mentioned since July final yr, Army canines have contributed to plenty of operational successes together with 30 instances of restoration of IEDs and explosives, 14 instances of restoration of arms, ammunition and different war-like shops and 5 instances of monitoring of terrorists resulting in their elimination.

“In addition, they have also been saviors of many lives during avalanches, earthquakes and other natural disasters,” mentioned a supply.

The Indian Army has skilled canines beneath eight completely different roles that are: tracker, guard, mine detection, explosive detection, infantry patrol, search and rescue, assault and narcotic detection and avalanche rescue operations.

“Army dogs trained in the Indian Army are rendering yeoman service to the nation by performing stellar ‘Op successes’ as ‘force multipliers’ in various counter insurgency/counter-terrorist operations,” mentioned the supply. — PTI

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