Blame it on rising prices of fuel or just an effort to look more vibrant,the Chandigarh Police has planned to add over three dozen horses to its stable. UT Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Naunihal Singh is personally supervising the procurement of horses and has visited many stud farms in the region.
Once a prominent feature of all police forces,the number of mounted units have declined over the past years. The Chandigarh Police which have a sanctioned strength of 50 horses are making do with just only 13 equines. Now in an effort to strengthen the division and restore its past glory,the Chandigarh Police plans to add 37 horses. An upper cap of Rs 2 lakh on procurement of each horse has been fixed.
Mounted policemen are mostly required to patrol Sukhna Lake,green belts and areas where vehicles cannot be taken. Horses are also used to control crowds during rallies and in parades.
The force prefers inducting horses with beige and chestnut colours. And are specifically looking out for thoroughbreds like Marwari,Kathiawari and mixed breed horses for its stable.
Speaking to Newsline,the SSP said,We are looking for horses who are calm,strong and conform to our colour preferences. Finding such horses,within the given budget is a tough task,but we have already managed to identify 17 horses.