Pigeon arrested in India on suspicion of spying for Pakistan
A pigeon suspected of being trained to “spy” by Pakistan has been captured in India along one of the world’s most contested borders, Indian officials said.
The allegation was made after Geeta Devi, a resident of the Kathua district of Indian-administered Kashmir, reported a bird – painted pink and carrying a coded ring tagged to its foot – flew into her home on Sunday night.
The Indian Border Security Force passed the pigeon on to the police, who launched an investigation and logged the animal as a ‘Pak Suspected Spy.’
They said the bird was carrying a “coded message” and was caught by villagers in Manyari, along the border which separates Indian and Pakistan-controlled parts of Kashmir.
The pigeon will remain in police custody until they have finished their investigations.
This is not the first time that a spying pigeon has been caught passing between India and Pakistan. In 2015 another pigeon was intercepted, this time in Manwal village two and a half miles from the border.
It had the message ‘Tehsil Shakargarh, district Narowal’ in Urdu stamped on its tail along with some numbers. The area mentioned is Pakistan’s Punjab province. Though an X-ray was carried out on the bird, nothing suspicious was found.
Police kept it in their custody anyway and listed it as a ‘suspected spy’.