Two Belgian Shepherd dogs of the CRPF were given awards for their outstanding act of bravery.
The dogs had reportedly helped CRPF jawans during an anti-Maoist operation in Latehar. They were felicitated with medals at the CRPF state headquarters in Ranchi.
The dogs displayed exemplary talent and bravery during the fierce encounter with the Maoists at Latehar’s Dubiahi forest on March 28, 2015.
A CRPF official said the two dogs were pressed into a search operation after Maoists stopped firing at the forces. A trap was suspected and the dogs Afreen and Rudolph were directed to lead the search operation. Afreen found one Maoist trying to escape from the site in an injured condition and Rudolph found the bodies of a commander and his aide.
The dogs are handled by two trained hands and they are fed a diet comprising raw meat. They are used in anti-Maoist operations