Hyderabad: Seven-year-old Jikki, a labrador that served the Telangana police department, died on 13 October. Jikki was posted at the city armed reserve headquarters of Siddipet commissionerate.

Jikki had been a crucial member of the Siddipet police since it was formed in 2016. Since then, it took part in many bandobasts in the district and was instrumental in providing security for VVIP and VIPs visiting the district. Since Siddipet is the home district of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao, there were frequent VVIP bandobasts in the district and Jikki took part in many of them. Often, Jikki’s services were also required at road opening parties and for bomb and explosive detection.

The Siddipet commissioner, Joel Davis, remembered Jikki as an intelligent and supporting member of the force.

Jikki fell sick around 10 days ago and was undergoing treatment since then. It died on Tuesday morning. Mr. Davis and other senior officers of the commissionerate, including the dog squad team, paid rich tributes to Jikki as it was laid to rest.

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