Police dogs are canines who receive special training to assist the police and law-enforcing agencies. Indian police departments also use police dogs for solving crimes and detecting illegal contraband. One such golden retriever sniffer dog which became a vital part of the Mumbai Police was Zanjeer.
Police officers gave him the nickname Ginger, because of the color of his coat. He worked with the Mumbai Police Bomb Squad for eight years. The sniffer dog died on November 16, 2000, after fighting a long battle with bone cancer in Mumbai.
As evident, the police canine also has a Bollywood connection. Yes, he was named after the famous 1973 Bollywood movie, Zanjeer. And just like the movie, the sniffer dog was also super famous, but for his contribution to the Mumbai Police Department.
In 1993 Mumbai blasts, a series of 12 bombs tore the whole city apart and took hundreds of lives. But the death toll would have been much higher if not for Zanjeer. The sniffer dog helped detect over 3329 kgs of RDX explosives during the blasts. He also detected about 600 detonators, 6000 rounds of live ammunition and 248 hand grenades.
Zajeer received training at Shivaji Nagar’s (Pune) Dog Training Centre of the Criminal Investigation Department. After which he joined the Mumbai Police Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad on December 29, 1992. Zanjeer was not just a typical sniffer dog, he was an integral part of the bomb squad.
Recently, Mumbai Police Department remembered and honored their canine officer through their twitter handle. Here is the tweet by Mumbai Police:
Named after famous Bollywood film, Zanjeer,he saved countless lives in 1993 blasts, by detecting over 3329 kg of RDX explosives, 600 detonators, 249 hand grenades & over 6000 rounds of live ammunition.Zanjeer was laid to rest with state honours,on November 16, 2000 #TuesdayTrivia pic.twitter.com/MQ7L9v0u8F
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) July 17, 2018
Besides helping in finding the explosives in 1993 blasts, Zanjeer also helped recover 11 military bombs, 175 petrol bombs, 600 detonators and more. Naturally, when the brave dog died, he was buried with full state honors.
The post by Mumbai Police received immense support from the Twitterati. Check out some of the response tweets below:
There should be a biopic for Zanjeer too!
One day I hope someone will make biopic on him. Zanjeer deserves one 👍 #Respect
— Mayanti Langer (@Langer_Mayanti) July 17, 2018
Animals are more loyal than humans.
Animals are more loyal than humans 😥
— Sanjiv Bhatt(IPS) (@Sanjivbhatt001) July 17, 2018
One doesn’t have to be in human form to do something extraordinary for society.
You don’t have to take birth in human form to do something extra ordinary and serve society and mankind. Zanjeer proves it. We human can learn some humanity from this wonderful dog.
— AshishSharma (@AshishS10841926) July 17, 2018
Here’s bowing down to Zanjeer, and other such brave-heart sniffer dogs who serve the mankind.