Anti-Narcotics Cell of Mumbai does not have a dog squad
Dogs can sniff and detect concealed narcotics and their services are thought to be essential for any Anti-Narcotics Cell in any part of the world.
Reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that the Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of Mumbai does not have a dog squad. The reply shows that ANC has been working without a dog squad for years ever since its inception in 1989. Even though a demand has been made repeatedly, the services of private dogs have never been hired for investigation. The ANC has ruled out hiring of hiring private dogs which may also turn out to be expensive.
The five ANC units at Cuff Parade, Worli, Bandra, Ghatkopar and Kandivli has only 25 officers. There are 93 police stations, several railway terminus, airports and many other catchment areas where the services of the canine units are potentially required. The constraint is pressing and the government needs to look at the requirement urgently to provide with enough number of dogs.