Pettimudi tragedy: Pet dog Kuvi to be part of police squad

Pettimudi tragedy: Pet dog Kuvi to be part of police squad
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Nedumkandam: The pet dog, that traced the body of its toddler companion Dhanuska after the Pettimudi landslide, is all set to be part of the state police K9 squad.

“Steps have been initiated to induct the dog, named Kuvi, to the police dog squad," district police chief R Karuppasamy told Manorama.

A directive in this regard was sent from the DGP office to the district police headquarters. Specialist veterinary doctors will check the health parameters of Kuvi.

Eight days after a massive landslide struck Pettimudi in Idukki district, Kuvi had traced the body of two-year-old Dhanuska from the river.

Ajith Madhavan, civil police officer and trainer of the district K9 dog squad, approached the district Collector and the residents of the area to adopt Kuvi. This led to discussions on inducting Kuvi to the K9 squad.

Three more bodies found

Three more bodies, including that of a pregnant woman, were recovered during the search operations at Pettimudi on Thursday. The landslide death toll has risen to 65. Five more people have to be traced.

The bodies of Koushika, 15; Shivaranjini, 15; and Muthulakshmi, 26, were found on Thursday. Muthulakshmi was pregnant.

However, with the search operations being carried out deep inside the forest, the rescue personnel face the threat of wild animals too. The rescue team came across a leopard while they were carrying out search operations at Bhootakuzhi region from where two bodies were recovered. The emergency response team of the Munnar panchayat and the local people are part of the search operations in the forest. Rescue operations will continue to trace the missing five people on Friday.

The deadly landslide had swept away a settlement of tea estate workers at Pettimudi on August 7. Radars are being used in areas where lines of houses stood.

K V Manoj Kumar, chairman of the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, visited Pettimudi on Thursday.

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