The Eastern Command unit of the Indian Army condoled the death of a “decorated” dog named ‘Dutch’ that helped in identifying improvised explosives in various counter-terror and counter-insurgency operations.
Dutch was 9 years old and had died on Wednesday. “He passed away in his sleep – like a saint, a real soldier,” said one of the officials at 19 Army dog unit.
Dutch’s handler and officers at the Army dog unit in Assam fondly remember him as daring, well-trained and a true silent warrior.
The canine warrior who had served the Indian Army for nine long years, and would have retired this month.
In a tweet Eastern Command called him a “a real hero in service to nation.”
#Condolence#ArmyCdrEC condoles the death of 'Dutch' a 9 yr old ED dog who died on 11 Sept. He was a decorated dog of #EasternCommand who was instrumental in identifying IEDs in various CI/CT Ops. A real hero in service to nation. #Salute @adgpi @SpokespersonMOD pic.twitter.com/GKN4BA47IA
— EasternCommand_IA (@easterncomd) September 14, 2019
In November 2014, during the Prime Minister’s visit to Guwahati, Dutch while carrying out his sniffing duties, confirmed the presence of a 7 kg IED inside a coach of Kamakhya Express at Alipurduar. A month later, in December 2014, Dutch was instrumental in sniffing out a powerful 6 kg Improvised explosive Device (IED) from a public bus in Assam’s Goalpara district.
The Eastern Command of the Indian Army is one of the seven operational commands of the army. It is headquartered in Fort William in Kolkata.
Below are a few condolences messages that poured in for Dutch on social media.
Though this is such a sad post, but it’s also an excellent post that gives equal respect to our braveheart dogs.
Every living thing on this planet has its rightful place here and I’m glad we are giving them their due honour when need be.
— Amrita Bhinder (@amritabhinder) September 14, 2019
🙌 Wish you a happy journey my friend
— Anwesh Bose (@anweshbose) September 14, 2019
Kings Never Die!
— The Mustafas (@TheMustafas) September 14, 2019
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