Mumbai: Virar residents come together to pay homage to 26/11's canine heroes

Updated: Nov 27, 2017, 10:02 IST | Samiullah Khan | Mumbai

Yesterday, as Mumbai honoured the heroes of the 26/11 terror attack, Virar residents came together to pay homage to four heroes who stood tall on their four legs against all threats

Yesterday, as Mumbai honoured the heroes of the 26/11 terror attack, Virar residents came together to pay homage to four heroes who stood tall on their four legs against all threats. Canine cops Caesar, Sultan, Max and Tiger saved the lives of hundreds, not just during the 26/11 attacks, but also after the 2006 Mumbai train blasts and the 2011 triple blasts (see box).

Retired police dogs lay on the graves of the four canine heroes of 26/11 at the Fizza farmhouse in Virar
Retired police dogs lay on the graves of the four canine heroes of 26/11 at the Fizza farmhouse in Virar

Several locals gathered to pay tribute to the dog detectives at Fizza Shah's farm, where the dogs had been living post retirement, before passing away last year. Among those who mourned the fallen hero hounds were other retired police dogs who live at the farmhouse.

Fizza Shah lays wreaths on the graves of the dogs, whom she had adopted after their retirement from police service
Fizza Shah lays wreaths on the graves of the dogs, whom she had adopted after their retirement from police service

"We have made a samadhi for these four dogs, and hundreds gathered today to offer flowers and prayers, and to plant trees and feed the poor in their memory," Fizza told mid-day.

Hundreds gather to pay tribute to the fallen four. Pics/Hanif Patel
Hundreds gather to pay tribute to the fallen four. Pics/Hanif Patel


Also view - 26/11 Recap: 20 terrifying images from the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks
26/11 Recap: 20 terrifying images from the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks

Good boys, all of them


Sultan (January 1, 2004 - June 18, 2016):
 One of the most alert and efficient bomb detection dogs; uncovered grenades and RDX at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT)


Max: (October 22, 2004 - April 8, 2016):
 Found 25 grenades and 8kg RDX at Taj Mahal Hotel; presented a gold medal by Amitabh Bachchan for bravery


Tiger (January 1, 2004 - July 23, 2016):
 Sniffed out a live bomb near Hiranandani Hospital in Powai and in Kandivli


Caesar (October 14, 2004 - October 15, 2016):
 Posted on sniffing duty after the 2006 Mumbai train blasts and after the 2011 triple blasts; Lauded for his brave service by Commissioner Datta Padsalgikar

166
Death toll of the 26/11 attacks

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