Zanjeer died while serving the Mumbai Police Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS), and a city-based social organisation plans to shed light on the animal’s services through a 40-page booklet.
Dipil Mohite, a city-based labour leader and president of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Pratishthan, has been observing the sniffer dog’s death anniversary on November 16 for the past 12 years. A-year old Zanjeer was inducted into the squad in 1993 and used to detect RDX and other explosive material at the time of the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts.
“The brave dog served the police force for almost eight years. He suffered a lung ailment and died in a Mumbai hospital on November 16, 2000,” Dilip said.
Ardent dog lover Mohite said that the dog’s death anniversary came about because Zanjeer’s contribution to the police force was tremendous.
“Policemen who die a martyr’s death get accolades, but canine members go unnoticed. We gathered information on the dog from the state Criminal Investigation Department’s dog centre in Shivajinagar, and will release a 40-page booklet on Zanjeer’s career shortly,” Mohite said. He added that the organisation has also decided to award some policemen, who have shown extraordinary valour and gallantry during their tenure.
Zanjeer was trained at the Dog Training Centre of the Criminal Investigation Department at Shivaji Nagar in Pune, India. He joined the Mumbai Police Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad on 29 December 1992 and was handled by Ganesh Andale and V G Rajput. The name Zanjeer comes from the 1973 Hindi film Zanjeer but he was also called “Ginger” because of his coat colour. Not including his contributions during the 1993 attacks, Zanjeer helped to recover 11 military bombs, 57 country-made bombs, 175 petrol bombs, and 600 detonators.
During the time of the 1993 Mumbai bombings in March, Zanjeer helped to avert at least three more attacks in Bombay, Mumbra, and Thane. The first incident happened on 15 March 1993 when Zanjeer alerted his handlers to a scooter bomb on Dhanji Street that contained RDX explosives and gelatin sticks. He was then called to the scene of ten unclaimed suitcases outside of the Siddhivinayak Temple where the dog detected three AK-56 rifles, five 9-mm pistols, and 200 grenades marked “Arges 69”. Days later, Zanjeer investigated two suitcases at the Zaveri Bazaar that contained nine AK-56 rifles.
|From Pune Mirror|
Zanjeer, the police dog who brought fame to the Mumbai bomb detection and disposal squad (BDDS), will soon have a 40-page booklet released in his memory on his death anniversary, November 16. Born in January 1992, one-yearold Zanjeer had grabbed the limelight after detecting and identifying RDX and different types of bombs and rifles in investigations after the 1993 bomb blasts that shook Mumbai.
For the booklet, Mohite and his friends collected the astute canine’s information from the state Criminal Investigation Department’s (CID) dog training centre at Shivajinagar, BDDS Mumbai, his handlers and other sources.
“His life will be available in information and photographs that few have seen before,” said Mohite. He added that a publishing house has already been contacted and several copies of the booklet are set to be printed.
Apart from Zanjeer’s life, the booklet will also have information about other dogs who have excelled in police service, dog training centres in the state, contacts of veterinary practitioners, information on how to train dogs, and a number of hostels available for ‘dog-sitting’.