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Braveheart no more: ‘Caesar’ the canine hero of 26/11 passes away

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Caesar, the last surviving dog of the 26/11 Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad of the Mumbai Police, passed away on Thursday after battling prolonged illness. A Labrador Retriever, was given an emotional farewell by the Mumbai Police as he died around 9.30 a.m. at Fizzah Farm in Virar near Mumbai, where he was buried with full state honour with his body covered with Tricolour.

Caesar was depressed since his colleagues Tiger, Max and Sultan passed away in last four months at the farm.

He was 11 years old and was the sole survivor among the dogs of the Mumbai Police who took part in bomb detection operations during the terrorist attacks on Mumbai that began on November 26, 2008. He died of heart attack in the farm where he and his three canine buddies had been sent after retirement. 

Caesar had saved many lives when he sniffed out two hand grenades left by the terrorists at the busy CST railway station and was also a part of search team at Nariman House, where terrorists were holed up for three days.

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Earlier he was also pressed into service for bomb-search operation after the 2006 serial train blasts and July 2011 serial blasts in Mumbai. The senior dog was suffering from arthritis, a common ailment among Labrador Retrievers, and had been admitted to the Bombay Society for Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals (BSPCA) with a 105-degree fever.
This rockstar had detected grenade at CST station during 26/11. A life lived well… #RIPCaeser https://t.co/ywqbgIoav2

— Suniel Shetty (@SunielVShetty) October 13, 2016

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