Puppy love for BIAL

CISF’s strength at the airport will be boosted by a pack of six Belgian Malinois dogs who will assist them in screening passengers and their luggage

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will soon be getting some canine support. CISF will be joined by half a dozen Belgian Malinois dogs to help them discharge their duties at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), which includes screening, frisking passengers and their hand baggage.

Recently, the CISF personnel at the airport have made unaccounted cash seizures from passengers, besides nabbing flyers who attempted to rob fellow commuters and those who tried to board aircraft with firearms and ammunition.

The Belgian Malinois pack will bolster the security strength at the airport. This breed became famous when they helped the US Navy Seals in Operation Neptune Spear in which Osama Bin Laden was killed.

The airport operator, Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), has issued a Request for Quotation (RFQ) for procuring six Belgian pups for the CISF from a dog supplier.

According to the RFQ, the pups – one male and five female should be between the ages of three to six months and should have been vaccinated.

“The pups should be dewormed and vaccinated against rabies, canine distemper parvo virus, infectious canine hepatitis, parainfluenza and leptospirosis and a certificate to this effect should be given by the dog supplier. Pup must be fit and devoid of any type of disease,” it added.



Further the pedigree of the pups is a must as they have to be registered with the Kennel Club of India which is the official body in the country for the registration of litters.

That apart the pups will have to be microchipped. Microchipping is placing a small microchip under the canine’s skin to keep track of it. Each chip which is about the size of a grain of rice is injected by a veterinarian into the canine and will have a unique number that can be read by a scanner.

Following the identification of the pups, they will undergo training. The RFQ mandates that in case of death or if they are found to be unsuitable, the supplier will have to replace them.

The CISF canine squad at the airport comprises Labradors and German Shepherds. The Belgian Malinois have been deployed in sensitive installations manned by the security forces across the country.

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Sagar Biswas

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