Caesar, the last 26/11 Mumbai Police dog, dies

Updated on Oct 14, 2016 01:24 PM IST
Caesar, the last of the four police dogs who saved many lives during November 26, 2008 terror attacks and helped in various criminal cases died at a retirement animal home in Virar on Thursday morning
Caesar was the last surviving 26/11 dog.(HT Photo)
Caesar was the last surviving 26/11 dog.(HT Photo)
Hindustan Times | ByRam Parmar, Mumbai

Caesar, the last of the four police dogs who saved many lives during November 26, 2008 terror attacks and helped in various criminal cases died at a retirement animal home in Virar on Thursday morning. His handlers from the Bomb and Detection Squad (Goregaon police) were present during the funeral,which was done with the National Flag draped over Caesar.

Read: In photos: The four canine heroes of the Mumbai police

The retirement home owner Fizzah Shah said 13-year-old Caesar succumbed to old age. “He was suffering from depression, as his earlier colleagues, Max, Tiger and Sultan died a few months ago. He was admitted in the Animal Hospital in Parel for arthritis and other old age ailments for a month and miraculously recovered. But since the past week, there was a relapse,” said Shah. “He was unable to walk properly and despite being extemely week for the last two days,he would eat his favourite chicken and rice, biscuits, and branded food.”

Caesar was buried with full state honours. (ANI Photo)
Caesar was buried with full state honours. (ANI Photo)

She went on to add that Caesar was posted at Taj Hotel during the 26/11 terror attack and saved many lives. He was suffering from depression after his colleague, Tiger, a black Labrador,another police soldier died recently. The four police canines had retired from the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) last year, and the other three had died within four months of each other. “When Sultan first died, Tiger went into depression, and since Tiger died Caesar had been unwell. Caesar would just sit beside Tiger’s grave and mourn his death,” said the activist.

All four of them were part of major bomb blasts in the last 12 years,including the 2006 serial blasts as well as the bomb blasts in Zaveri Bazaar. In fact, Caesar recovered 8 kg of RDX from the Taj hotel area during the 2008 terror attack,said Shah. The canine had also found many bombs in various areas of CST and other areas.

Caesar was brought to the Animal Hospital, Parel in an animal ambulance and he was cremated in the presence of his handler Santosh from Mumbai Police.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Minsiter Narottam Mishra said that the convicts serving jail term for serious crimes such as rape will not be released.

    Madhya Pradesh to release 356 prisoners on 75 years of independence

    The Madhya Pradesh government on Tuesday said it will release 356 prisoners undergoing life imprisonment in various jails in the state on August 15 to commemorate 75 years of India's independence. Speaking to reporters, state Home Minister Narottam Mishra said prisoners undergoing life imprisonment will be released from jails as per the guidelines issued by the Union home ministry and norms of the state government.

  • According to the agency, the duo had been apprehended from Eintkhedi locality of Bhopal on Sunday in the case relating to the arrest of six active cadres of the JMB.

    MP: NIA nabs two more JMB suspects from Bhopal

    The National Investigation Agency has arrested two alleged members of the banned Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh from Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal city, state Home Minister Narottam Mishra said on Tuesday. The suspects, Hamidullah aka Raju Gaji and Sahadat Hussain, had been on the radar after the arrest of active JMB members in March this year, Mishra told reporters. The probe agency had recovered objectionable material from the duo's possession, he said.

  • Here are the 8 best places around Bengaluru to visit on this long weekend 

    Here's a list of the best getaways around Bengaluru for this long weekend

    Here are the best vacation options for you this upcoming weekend. Nandi Hills - whether you want to relax and watch low-lying clouds at the top of the hill, or go for a trekking and camping experience filled with adventure, this is the right place for you. Nandi Hills are open all days of the week from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and are located an ideal 60 kilometres away from Bengaluru city.

  • Yogi Adityanath (HT PHOTO)

    Case registered over threat to UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath

    The Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday registered a case over a threat to assassinate chief minister Yogi Adityanath, people aware of the matter said. According to the First Information Report (FIR) filed in the case, the threat was received on August 2 on emergency response system Dial 112's WhatsApp number around 7.23pm. A local police officer, Shailendra Giri, said a probe is on and a special team is trying to trace the sender.

  • Representational image.

    Chhattisgarh: Minor kills parents as sacrifice to cure his mentally-ill brother

    Two people fell prey to black magic in Chhattisgarh after a 17-year-old boy allegedly killed his parents in connivance with his relatives in Jashpur district by offering them in sacrifice at the behest of a 'tantric' (shaman) to cure his mentally-ill elder brother, the police said on Tuesday. Raigarh superintendent of police Abhishek Meena said the bodies were recovered on August 1 in Nadigaon village, which comes under the Sariya police station limits.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Tuesday, August 09, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now