Varsha, an 8-year-old tracker dog, was with the Andhra Police department for 8 years.
Trained at Intelligence Training Academy in Hyderabad, she cracked over 136 cases in her lifetime. She tracked down extremist hideouts amid firing, found clues about murder suspects and helped sentence 3 criminals to life imprisonment.
Narasimha Rao, her handler, told TNM,
“She provided us with some crucial clues in the Cheepurupalli murder case where we were finally able to arrest the accused for the murder of his father-in-law. In another case, Varsha had helped nab a woman who killed her husband but to avoid suspicion was the first to file a missing complain with the police. The woman was later sentenced to life imprisonment.”
Varsha would also participate in parades on Independence Day and Republic Day and would be a part of bomb squad at VIP events, drawing a salary of Rs 10,000.
Varsha passed away on July 6 after suffering injuries in a football match and was cremated with full state honours.