Baghera jumped with joy when his master praised him for detecting a 20 kg bomb laid by Naxals in Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh.
The Dobermann, an Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) patrol explosive detection dog, saved the lives of security personnel and stopped a definite ambush that would have followed the blast.
Baghera is one of the 20 pure Dobermann dogs who completed their training in 2016.
On July 29, an area domination patrol squad was deputed on the Manpur-Baseli road in Rajnandgaon. During the three-hour backbreaking search on the 14 km strategic road, the dog struck gold. Undeterred even in the humidity, Baghera detected a spark plug that was used in the improvised explosive device (IED).
The IED was packed with five layers of cling film and an outer poly cover to cover the odour. Baghera, however, detected the bomb in a few seconds.
A senior officer has conveyed his “shabash” to Baghera and all ranks of the 27 ITBP for detecting the spark plug. This kind of IED has only been used by the Taliban and was a first by the Naxals.
The ITBP is the first force in India to reintroduce multirole Dobermans into service, that can do three tasks: detect extremists and explosives. They can also do a third task of going for the jugular of the adversary on attack command by the handler, that is given only as a last resort.
News credit : Indiatoday