Stephanie Henkel, Global Animal

Twenty years ago, a series of twelve bombs detonated throughout the city of Mumbai leaving 257 dead and 713 injured.

A senior police officer lays a floral wreath on Bombay's most famous dog 'Zanjeer' who worked with the Bomb Squad following his death from bone cancer in the city, November 17, 2000.  Zanjeer, a golden labrador  saved thousands of lives during the serial bomb blasts in the city in March 1993 by detecting more than 3329 kgs of the explosive RDX, 600 detonators, 249 hand grenades and 6406 rounds of live ammunition.  He was buried with full honours during a ceremony attended by senior police officials. Photo Credit: Reuters
Zanjeer’s fellow officer honoring the heroic canine. Photo Credit: STR News, Reuters

According to Reuters, thousands of lives were saved thanks to a brave golden labrador named Zanjeer. The heroic canine detected more than 3,329 kgs of explosive RDX, 600 detonators, 249 hand grenades, and 6,406 rounds of live ammunition. Zanjeer, a treasured member of the Mumbai Police Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad, also helped avert other potential explosions by detecting three more bombs in the days following the initial blasts.

Mumbai’s police dog squad has been in effect since December 1959, as reported by the Times of India. It began with only three Doberman pinschers who were used to track criminals. Since then, the police dog division has come a long way. The squad now comprises of around two dozen Doberman pinschers, German shepherds, and labradors who assist in all types of police investigations.

The Pune Mirror reported that in November 2000, Zanjeer died of bone cancer at eight years old. During a ceremony for the departed labrador, one of Zanjeer’s fellow officers laid a floral wreath on the canine before his burial. This image resonated with people all over the world, and on the 20th anniversary of the bomb explosions, the picture has gone viral on Facebook.

A labor union leader named Dilip Mohite told Mid-Day, a compact Indian newspaper, that Zanjeer’s extraordinary detection skills deserve recognition. “Policemen who die a martyr’s death get accolades, but canine members go unnoticed,” stated Mohite.

Zanjeer was buried with full honors, and twenty years later, his story still captures hearts around the world. This brave dog is missed but will never be forgotten. 




  1. Noble deed by Zanjeer, but it disheartens me to see that people are using the ceremony's picture to promote likes and comments by stating "1 Like=1 Salute". Such like-whores are making a mockery of this brave-heart.
    Humans still remain the worst enemy of animals, spare them some honor at least on social sites!

  2. Zanjeer is going to the rainbow bridge where all dog heros go.REST IN PEACE YOU DID A GOOD JOB ALL YOUR LIFE.TIME TO GO BACK TO YOUR MAKER <3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3