German Shepherd Kattie caught the suspect in the murder case registered on March 6 this year, in which a 21-year-old man, Shakib Ahmad, was found dead with injury marks on his body. Shakib’s body was recovered from a field under the district’s Jaspur police limits.
She was then directed to sniff a blood-stained cloth belonging to Shakib that was found a few metres away from his body. The police subsequently asked the suspects, including Shakib’s family members, to stand in a row in front of her in a sort of identification parade.
Terming her “pride of the district’s canine squad”, SSP (Udham Singh Nagar) Manjunath TC told TOI on Saturday, “Within 30 seconds of sniffing the cloth, she started barking at Shakib’s cousin Qasim, standing second in the line, suggesting that he is the culprit. Based on her detection, we interrogated Qasim who broke down and confessed. He was then arrested.”
The police department also announced a cash reward of Rs 2,500 for Kattie on March 7 along with the ‘best personnel of the month’ award. It would be the first such instance where a member of the canine squad has been nominated for the award in the state, the SSP said, adding that ” Canine Kattie would be conferred with a citation and a memento, which would be kept by her handler”.
Lauding Kattie’s efforts, SHO of Jaspur, PS Danu, expressed, “Without her help, police would have taken time to solve the case. Our normal process would have included checking CCTV footage, scanning call details and questioning the locals. In Kattie’s case, there was little doubt about her ‘findings’ because the blood-stained cloth was not touched by anyone else but Qasim. Following an argument, the accused, in an inebriated state, killed Shakib on the night of March 5.”
Kattie’s shopping, Yogendra Raghavfurther revealed it was not the first time Kattie had helped police in nabbing suspects. He said, “After joining the service in 2016, she has so far helped in solving at least seven murder cases, loot, rape and other serious crimes in the district. About a week ago, she had nabbed the accused in another murder case in the Kiccha area of the district.”