Fowl play: alleged spy pigeon held in India

Published: May 28, 2010
The pigeon was captured by a local resident and taken to the police station. PHOTO: EPA

The pigeon was captured by a local resident and taken to the police station. PHOTO: EPA

A pigeon is being kept under armed guard by Indian police on charge of espionage for Pakistan.

The pigeon was found by a local resident in the Indian state of Punjab and was taken to a police station 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Amritsar, media reported on Friday.

The pigeon had a ring around its foot, a phone number from Pakistan and an address stamped on its body in red ink.

Police officer Ramdas Jagjit Singh Chahal told the Press Trust of India (PTI) that they suspected the pigeon may have landed on Indian soil from Pakistan with a message, although no traces of a note were found.

Officials directed the police not to allow anyone to visit the pigeon, which the police say believe may be on a “special mission of spying”.

The bird has been medically examined and was being kept in an air-conditioned room under police guard. Senior officers have asked to be kept updated on the situation three times a day, PTI said.

Chahal said local pigeon fanciers in the sensitive border area had told police that pigeons from Pakistan were easily identifiable as they look different from Indian ones, according to the Indian Express newspaper.

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  • S.A.R.A
    May 28, 2010 - 7:24PM

    are we allowed to laugh? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Wait for the egg to come out the message is in that ;)Recommend

  • KM
    May 28, 2010 - 7:43PM

    Hang the bloody pigeon before it lays a bomb … It seems the pigeon has lost its true identity after doing to many spy acts in Indian Dramas, and their films.Recommend

  • Shiraz Hassan
    May 28, 2010 - 7:49PM

    this is something very interesting!!!Recommend

  • hooter
    May 28, 2010 - 7:56PM

    …”was being kept in an air-conditioned room under police guard…”Recommend

  • Ahmad Babar
    May 28, 2010 - 8:32PM

    lol…hahahhahahahaha can’t stop laughing!Recommend

  • May 28, 2010 - 8:32PM

    Super dumb, I am still rolling on my bed after reading this whole thing … how crappy an Indian Media can be after knowing that there is a ring in the pigeon’s foot … lmao ! .. may be two days later it would deploy some kind of terrorist plot or might blow it’s self up in the damn Air-Condition Room .. hahahah .. oh god ! can’t stop laughing ! … Recommend

  • MMA
    May 28, 2010 - 8:33PM

    Pigeon’s spy mission failed.. Damnnit.Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    May 28, 2010 - 8:35PM

    We are living in difficult times. Times of extreme trust deficit. Poor pigeon!!!Recommend

  • M. Gandhi
    May 28, 2010 - 9:17PM

    I have heard and seen a lot of stupid things happening in India so however absurd this one is I am not anymore surprised. I won’t be surprised either if they will start torturing the poor pigeon ! JFC ! It is very common for pigeon owners to put an identification on their pets ! Recommend

  • kalia
    May 28, 2010 - 10:23PM

    LMAO Indian Government and Indian Media LMAO! news of the year!Recommend

  • May 28, 2010 - 11:10PM

    May be tomorrow we hear another news that the pigeons was conformed to be as a prime suspect and decedent of pigeons who were responsible for President Jon F. Kennedy’s Assassination ! ! … oh this was a big one … ROFLOL !Recommend

  • Abhigyan
    May 28, 2010 - 11:31PM

    The news item is bogus. No prominent Indian News Channel or Paper has covered this incident. I only came aware of this after reading in The Tribune. I want to ask a question to the Editor – Why are we not updated on Hunza lake spillway situation on an hourly basis which is of more human interest rather than publishing this stupid story.

    Don’t think this will be published though.Recommend

  • Faryal Tahir
    May 28, 2010 - 11:52PM

    When do they start live coverage and Paparazzi cams :)Recommend

  • jahanzaib.haque
    May 29, 2010 - 12:06AM

    @Abhigyan the story is widely availably via AFP wire services. We have covered Hunza extensively (till nightfall), and our current story is in our Pakistan subsection. Your comments are most welcome however – we accept all points of view as long as they are not personal attacks, slander, encouraging violence etc. (Web Editor)Recommend

  • Zunaib M Yousuf
    May 29, 2010 - 12:53AM

    What a hype the silly Indian media creates …
    It’s common in Pakistan that after probably 4:00 or 5:00 pm the pigeon or Bird owners free their birds in the air to get fresh air and whistles on them while competing with the opponents and just to put the identity some tighten the colored laces in the legs or by neck or some make them wear the identity rings and even some put the stamps so that other person can’t claim the ownership of that pigeon …
    How lame is the Indian media that they put the connection of the poor pigeon with Pakistani intelligence agencies !!!
    I doubt sooner or later they would start monitoring the wind coming from Wahgah Border to Amritsar border, whether they have any frequencies or are these winds being used for spying purpose !!!
    Get a life you poor ….
    On this case I remember one American movie named Harold & Kumar escape from Guantanamo-be in which they were trying to tell how frustrated American Intelligence agencies are on airport that how they harass the common people too !! Recommend

  • Bangash
    May 29, 2010 - 1:30AM

    A brave mujahid pigeon.Recommend

  • Faizullah Jan
    May 29, 2010 - 2:06AM

    I wish the pigeon is not suicide bomber.Recommend

  • May 29, 2010 - 7:39AM

    lolzzzz hahahahahahaha stupid indiannnnnnnss what a joke maaaaaan!Recommend

  • May 29, 2010 - 7:41AM

    hahahahaha dumb indiansss :) joke of the year:)Recommend

  • uXuf
    May 29, 2010 - 10:04AM

    I hope it’s being accorded rights according to the Geneva Convention…Recommend

  • KN
    May 29, 2010 - 5:03PM

    People, this news item is being reported by THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE, PAKISTAN and not INDIA MEDIA. Please specify which Indian media carried this? Google and see. This does not appear in any Indian newspaper or channel. Shame on TRIBUNE to manufacture news stories allegedly reported by Indian media.Recommend

  • jahanzaib.haque
    May 29, 2010 - 5:35PM

    It is an AFP report which The Express Tribune is carrying. AFP is a global wires service. (Web Editor)Recommend

  • Aziz
    May 29, 2010 - 5:42PM

    The pigeon was trained by the pakistani ISI and was on a very secret mission. Indians should launch an official protest with the United Nations and at the same time make a join coallation with Americans and let the Americans to inform all the pigeons of the world “If they are with Americans/Indians or they are against them”.
    Its the time of war against the pigeons, and they will be bombed back to the stone ages if they dont cooperate with the investigations.Recommend

  • Bai Xi
    May 29, 2010 - 9:18PM

    This kind of pidgeon espionage was rife in medieval times. It is being reintroduced now, so very funny!!Recommend

  • cidpusa
    May 30, 2010 - 2:43PM

    all bird owners place rings around their birds
    please call the phone number and return the bird

    Save the expense of having a guard and air conditioning
    People can send messages faster by sms and emailRecommend

  • Roach
    Jun 1, 2010 - 12:09PM

    Just to further emphasis Qamars point – for KN and Abhigyan others who believe that this is untrue…
    27th of May 2010 –‘Pak spy’ caught near Amritsar border.

    Abhigyan (and others) who are of the opinion that ET should provide stories of ‘human interest rather than this story,’ agreed that coverage of current events is the the main priority of a newspaper, however for me personally, the occasional inclusion of such unexpected stories such as this one, add an element of humour and surprise, enhancing the overall reading experience. Recommend

  • MZ
    Jun 1, 2010 - 4:07PM

    Why havent photos of the evidence been given out?Recommend

  • inam tareen
    Jun 3, 2010 - 10:19PM

    I think indian police authorities will soon register a case of espionage against the pigeon and present it in the court for remand of 10 days. Please let us know further progress in the case …..Poor pigeon Recommend

  • Jun 5, 2010 - 12:52AM

    Most probably this was an attempt to relay some form of friendship request? Recommend

  • M. Salim
    Jun 6, 2010 - 7:06PM

    I had posted my comments about 5 hours ago and it was pending review by moderator but as of now have not appeared – victim of “Phet”!!Recommend

  • farhan
    Jun 7, 2010 - 6:08PM

    This story should receive ‘best humour story of year’ award!
    But, on a very serious note, Indian media’s continuous Pakistan and ISI bashing has made this possible that may be huge number of innocent Indians blindly buy such stories.Recommend

  • Nishant
    Jun 8, 2010 - 4:08AM

    I have a suggestion, instead of laughing about this entire incident, lets take a deeper look into it and understand why all this is even happening in the first place!
    I agree that maybe the Indian media has gone kinda berserk regarding this story, however, after going through multiple terrorist attacks in the past, this is bound to happen.
    People in Pakistan haven’t gone through 26/11 or the suburban train bombings, to understand the impact of these events.
    Ah, and i know why they won’t understand, ’cause there are enough terrorists in Pakistan waiting to blow up their OWN people in the name of religion!
    Our people are tired of this cross-border conflict….and i believe so are the people of Pakistan….there are enough problems in our daily lives to be taken care of, instead of worrying about cross-border tension and conflicts!
    So i suggest that instead of laughing at this incident, one should look into the issue and work out why all this even happened, and what can be done to avoid this in the future!!Recommend

  • M. Imran
    Jun 8, 2010 - 11:53AM

    Everything is fair in love and war………………Recommend

  • Wajih Khattak
    Jun 9, 2010 - 12:31PM

    probably the pigeon is having fun, I mean getting an air conditioned room is better than doing a job in government sector where you are not allowed to use the air conditioning before 11. how clever of the pigeon, and how stupid of the Indian police.Recommend

  • jason
    Sep 13, 2010 - 9:08AM

    according to the latest information the pigeon has been kept by india for having a new breed of spies.Recommend

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