In addition to being faithful (and cuddly) companions, dogs have proven to be a valuable asset in keeping humans safe. Simba, a key member of Mumbai police’s bomb detection and disposal unit (BDDS), was one of those brave canines who recently died due to illness.
Simba, the Bomb Detection dog🐕🦺was given the state funeral, and he was cremated with a three-gun salute at the Veterinary hospital in Parel, Mumbai. https://t.co/77NM4tvled— Abhishek Joshi 👨💻🐶 (@kaalicharan) March 6, 2022
Thanks for your service, Simba.🙏 pic.twitter.com/zRvSUnWvMl
Reportedly, Simba, a nine-year-old member of the squad, was specially trained in bomb detection and worked for VVIP and VIP bandobast, had been with the team since 2013.
The gallant labrador received a well-deserved state funeral and was cremated at the Vet Hospital in Parel, Mumbai, with a three-gun salute.
In a follow-up tweet, another Twitter user shared a video clip from Simba’s funeral where police officials were seen paying their last respects.
The event has tugged at netizens’ heartstrings and here’s how they are reacting to it.
The way people treat animals is the best indicator of how civilized they are— Adil Bahauddin (@adilbaudin) March 7, 2022
The honours and prayers 🥺😢 rest in peace— Lavanya (Following #CWC22) (@lav_narayanan) March 6, 2022
RIP… Simba….— Abhijit Baruah (@ABaruah) March 6, 2022
If there is another life… do choose our home…
Rest in peace and power. Fighter❤️😢— akd45 (@akashdewani7) March 7, 2022
RIP Simba – These mute beings are such a great example of selfless service.— Hema Aushat (@HemaAushat) March 7, 2022
Much deserved state funeral and gun-salute.
Rest in peace, Simba.