Laila, Cody and Roger — CRPF dog squad who’ve sniffed 26 IEDs in a decade

The Hush Post | 3:00 pm | One-minute read 

Laila always gets alert the moment she finds any sceptical packet near the area of NH-44. Her colleagues, the men in CRPF are always on patrol near that area and she never gets up until they dig up the place to find the hidden clues of terrorists.

With a smile, her handler Sandeep from CRPF Battalion says, “She doesn’t have too many ‘majnus’ in Kashmir.”

Laila is an eight year Labrador, who has been on the duty for CRPF battalions 110, 130, 90 and 146. She helped in tracing the Pulwama terror attack culprits that killed 40 soldiers.

Talking about her capability, a CRPF official says, “This is why the man came in an explosive-laden car rather than hiding somewhere. Else Laila might have snuffed life out of that terrorist before he could strike.”

Not only Laila, but there are two more of her companions, Cody and Roger, who look equally animated. Before the Pulwama attack happened, three of them jointly had unearthed 26 IEDs in a decade while on their Road Opening Party (ROP) duties.

Three of them were born and trained in Taralu, Karnataka. However, they have adapted themselves in Kashmir’s aggressive conditions and unpredictable weather.

“It’s these dogs who first clear the roads before the convoy movement of CRPF team.”, says Sandeep.

There are 45 dogs who are guarding the 135 stretch of NH-44. Every dog patrols an area of 3 to 5 kilometres, starting before sunrise.

These dogs respond quickly to the instructions like roll, stand, advance, wait and U-turn along with salute and bark. Their diet includes protein rich food in order to keep them healthy and in shape. “Every day we give them four eggs and 650 grams of meat, which could be chicken liver, fish or mutton.”, informs  a CRPF official.

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