Published On : Tue, Jan 1st, 2019

Super sniffer sleuth Surya of BDDS accorded grand farewell on retirement

After serving city police for 10 glorious years, Surya gave a last salute to top cop at farewell function

Nagpur: Surya, the super sniffer sleuth of Bomb Detection & Disposal Squad (BDDS) of Nagpur Police, was accorded a grand as well as teary farewell on his retirement from service. After serving the BDDS for 10 glorious years, Surya gave a last salute to Commissioner of Police Dr Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay at a New Year eve function on Monday in the presence top brass of city police.

It was an emotional moment for Head Constable Sunil Kakde, the handler of sniffer Surya, a black Labrador. The stone-faced Sunil Kakde could hardly control his tears when the top cop Dr Upadhyay honoured Surya with a floral bouquet and a gift packet which he and co-handler accepted on behalf of the super sniffer at the farewell function held at the lawns in the premises of the Office of Commissioner Police. Along with Surya, 11 police personnel, who retired from the service, were also accorded the traditional farewell. Joint Commissioner of Police Ravindra Kadam, Additional Commissioner of Police B G Gaykar and all Deputy Commissioners of Police were present on the occasion.

But the Head Constable Sunil Kakde would not miss his darling Surya 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 also deployed 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 heaved a sigh of relief after Surya signalled nothing dangerous. Surya was active 24/7 in the service of the nation.

Patting the sniffer dog, the Commissioner of Police Dr Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay said, “Our brave officer ‘Surya’ helped us crack many complicated cases. Nagpur police will miss him.

In the BDDS, one’s life is always at risk but Surya never hesitated to perform his duty the risks notwithstanding.