Shillong: Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma awarded the Meghalaya Police K-9 Unit with the medal of honour and appreciation certificate for helping law enforcement agencies in detention of explosives, narcotics and crime-scene tracking on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day in Shillong on Thursday.
The K-9 Unit, led by Inspector Sagar Sharma, along with Narcotics Sniffer Canines, was extensively used by the Anti Narcotics Task Force (ANTF), East Khasi Hills District for conducting raids and detection of Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances in and around Shillong in recent operations against drugs.
The team with the help of their canines has successful detected narcotic drugs on a number of occasions. The canines and team members are narcotic sniffer dog ‘Brandy’; handled by constable Kynshai Pillar Lyngdoh and constable Reggienald Dkhar, narcotic sniffer dog ‘Remor’; handled by constable Kamal Sharma and constable Romel Shotun and narcotic sniffer dog ‘Saffi’; handled by constable Clever G Momin.
In the state capital Shillong, the chief minister unfurled the national flag and took the salute of 26 parade contingents of 58GTC, BSF, CRPF, MLP, SF10, Assam Police, Meghalaya Police Training School, NCC boys and Girls, Meghalaya Bharat Scouts and Guides, Meghalaya Red Cross Society and other schools in the city.
The President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service was conferred to Addison Roy Mawthoh, IPS, Dy.IGP (Trg) and Seminar Singh Kynjing, IPS, DyIGP (A); Police Medal for Meritorious was awarded to Julie Nongkhlaw, inspector and Augustine Lyngdoh, Armed Branch constable; Fire Service Medal for Meritorious Service was awarded to Charlesstar Thabah, fireman and Lalan Roy, driver; and Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Investigation was conferred to Ibashisha Kharpran, sub inspector were announced on the occasion.
The other highlights of the day include cultural programmes, Independence Day run, free cinema shows, fishing competition at Ward’s Lake, distribution of food packages by NGOs, variety show, music, dance, food court and vintage car rally, among others.