Maya, Roobie and Bobby must be Avacuated at any Cost: Director-general - SS Deswal
As India began repatriation of its personnel from Afghanistan, Maya, Roobie and Bobby, highly trained sniffer dogs of the ITBP and are brought back along with embassy staff and 126 commandos from the war-torn country Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover.
The director-general - SS Deswal, told Ravikant Gautam (in charge of security at the Indian embassy in Kabul) that “at no cost should the K9 soldiers be left behind”.
As the second Indian Air Force (IAF) C-17 plane was on its way to Hamid Karzai airport for evacuating all personnel on Tuesday, the handlers of Maya, Roobie and Bobby, all aged between 5 to 7 years, made arrangements for the transportation of the canines.
For 3 years now, Maya (a female Labrador), Roobie (a female Belgian Malinois) and Bobby (a male Doberman), are the first responders to any threat faced by the Indian diplomats and averted several incidents.
“They will rest and acclimatise themselves with Indian weather for four to five weeks,” said an official at ITBP’s K9 unit.
During the three years for which they were deployed, the canine soldiers played an important role in the security of the Indian embassy, the second most vulnerable establishment in Afghanistan after US bases.
“These Dogs are served at the Indian embassy in Kabul for the last 3 years, They worked restlessly by every bag, parcel and article coming inside as well as keeping an eye on people. They detected several suspected IEDs (improvised explosive devices) during this time, saving lives of not only Indian diplomats and security personnel but also Afghan civilians working there for the Indian government,” said the officer cited above.
these Dogs are Raised & trained at the elite NTCD of ITBP, and this K9 Unit will soon be redeployed, with anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh their likely next posting.
ITBP was sent to Afghanistan in 2002 to secure the Indian embassy in Kabul and consulates at Jalalabad, Kandahar, Mazar-i-Sharif and Herat.