Surya’s last salute to City Police chief 

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Jan 2019 10:56:43


Surya, the detective sniffer dog of Bomb Detection & Disposal Squad, giving a final salute to Commissioner of Police Dr B K Upadhyay and other senior police officials on its retirement after a decade-long dedicated service to the nation.

By Shirish Borkar,

TEARS rolled down the cheeks of Head Constable Sunil Kakde but he controlled himself when Surya gave a last salute to Commissioner of Police Dr Bhushan Kumar Updhyay following its retirement on the eve of New Year.

A black Labrador of Bomb Detection & Disposal Squad (BDDS), Surya was accorded traditional farewell along with 11 police personnel, who retired from the service, at a special function held at the lawns in the premises of the Office of Commissioner Police.

Though quite emotional, Head Constable Kakde smiled when Surya was honoured by City Police Chief Dr Upadhyay with a floral bouquet and a gift packet which he and co-handler accepted on behalf of the detective sniffer.

Kakde was sad as Surya would no longer be with the BDDS after 10 years of its unblemished service but equally happy as he was allowed to adopt the dog after its retirement.

A recipient of 35 prizes, Surya was inducted into the police force in January 2008 after being fully trained as a detection dog. Surya had given its services for VVIP security and was alsodeployed in Maoist-hit Gadchiroli, Gondia and Bhandara districts during Assembly and Lok Sabha polls and even during winter sessions of State Legislature in the city.

Seven years ago, police received reports that explosives were planted in Kalmeshwar area and explosions had killed several cattle. BDDS pressed Surya into service and it detected as many as eight live grenades spread in one kilometre area. The BDDS then had successfully defused the grenades.

In 2013, Surya detected gelatine sticks hidden in Bazargaon area. Police availed the dog's services whenever unclaimed bags were found at public places, including railway station, resulting in bomb scare. Police and public used to heave a sigh of relief after the dog signalled nothing dangerous. Surya was active 24/7 in the service of the nation.

Joint Commissioner of Police Ravindra Kadam, Additional Commissioner of Police B G Gaykar and all Deputy Commissioners of Police were present on the occasion.


Sniffer dog Surya with its handlers and 11 police personnel,  who retired from the service, snapped with City Police chief and senior officials at the farewell function.