Indian Sniffer Dog awarded ‘Cop of the Month’

A sniffer dog in Chhattisgarh has been awarded the ‘Cop of the Month’ for her work providing vital clues in various police cases.

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"Virendra with the help of Ruby recovered them"

A police sniffer dog has been awarded ‘Cop of the Month’ for the first time in Chhattisgarh, along with two police officers.

The dog named Ruby solved many cases, including the Sarangarh Royal Palace robbery case, by sniffing out vital clues.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Santosh Singh said: “Every month the police personnel doing good work are encouraged by awarding them as cop of the month.

“Their photographs are placed in different police stations with some cash award as well.

“This month two police personnel, one from a legal section and other a dog handler Virendra have been given the award of cop of the month.

“Besides them, Ruby who is our tracker dog is also awarded as cop of the month.

“In Sarangarh Raj Mahal, under Sarangarh Police Station, two silver trays which were very expensive about Rs 6. Lakh (£6,000) were stolen.

“Virendra with the help of Ruby recovered them and caught the accused.”

Notably, a sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses to detect substances such as explosives and illegal drugs.

They also detect contraband like illicit mobile phones.

In a popular case in India in June 2020, Ghaziabad police solved a murder case with the help of its two-and-a-half-year-old tracker dog.

Leena, who was trained at Indo Tibet Border Police training institute in Panchkula, gave police the crucial clue which solved the case.

Three suspects were arrested in the case and the police team investigating it and Leena were awarded by officials for their excellent work.

While the police team was awarded Rs 10,000 (£100), Leena was presented with a new leather strap and a velvet bed.

The case pertained to Vivek from Kushaliya village who went to work on the morning of May 31, 2020 but did not return home.

His body was found by the police in a field on June 1, 2020.

On June 2, 2020, police took tracker female dog Leena to the place where Vivek’s body was found.

Leena sniffed around for a while and then led the police team to a spot near the house of suspects, where they resided.

After getting the crucial clue from Leena, the police team roped in an informant and further investigation led to the arrest of the three suspects.

The suspects, Mohsin, Adil and Salman confessed that they had killed Vivek.

They confessed that Vivek’s motorcycle collided with their car which led to a heated argument between them.

In a rage, the three men killed Vivek and dumped his body.

They had also taken away Vivek’s motorcycle and mobile phone and both were recovered with help from Leena.

Akanksha is a media graduate, currently pursuing a postgraduate in Journalism. Her passions include current affairs and trends, TV and films, as well as travelling. Her life motto is 'Better an oops than a what if'.