Armed Forces, Defense and Security

ITBP names its new-born K-9 warriors as a salute to troops guarding Indian borders

Junking the traditional western names for K9s, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has for the first time in any Central Armed Forces history has given local names for cute little warrior pups of its famous K9 wing.

The pups have been named as a respect of all the troops guarding the excruciatingly tough borders of the country.

A formal ‘Naamkaran Ceremony’ was held at National Training Centre for Dogs, ITBP BTC, Bhanu, Panchkula Haryana where the Force had named the 17 malinois pups who born couple of months ago from ITBP dogs- Gala the Father and Olga and Oleshya the mothers. The names of the pups are- Ane-la, Galwan, Sasoma, Chip-chap, Saser, Srijap, Charding, Rezang, Daulat, Sultan-chusku, Imis, Rango, Yula, Mukhpri, Chung-Thung, Khardungi, and Shyok.

By naming these little K9 soldiers with 100% desi names, that too from the areas guarded by the Force, it is for the first time since independence, that the K9 wing of the country will acknowledge its own legacy and ethos. With this initiative, instead of calling out to Cesar, Olga and Elizabeth (Betty, Liza), the ITBP dog handlers will now be proudly calling out to names that flows in their blood, the very names of Himalayan points they guard in bone numbing high altitude terrain.

The Force plans that the next batch of pups will be named after other prominent names of the icy frontiers where ITBP is deployed covering the entire 3488 km long border from Karakoram to Jechap La guarded by this elite mountain crack outfit.

The ITBP has received requests from other Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) for these pups to be used for their security duties.

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