Pigeon held in India for ‘spying for Pakistan’

Afp May 28, 2010

NEW DEHLI: Indian police are holding a pigeon under armed guard after it was caught on an alleged spying mission for Pakistan, media reported on Friday.

The bird was found by a local resident in India’s Punjab state, which borders Pakistan, and taken to a police station 40 kilometres from the capital Amritsar. The pigeon had a ring around its foot and a Pakistani phone number and address stamped on its body in red ink.

Police officer Ramdas Jagjit Singh Chahal told the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency that they suspected the pigeon may have landed on Indian soil from Pakistan with a message, although no trace of a note has been found. Officials have directed that no-one should be allowed to visit the pigeon, which police say may have been 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 Pakistani pigeons were easily identifiable as they look different from Indian ones.

Published in the Express Tribune, May 29th, 2010.


Asif | 14 years ago | Reply I hope they don't fist the poor baby to find some sort of hidden camera or something... LOL Even human suspects are not kept in an air-conditioned room but the bird is! As if it necessary! LOL
Khawaja Faraz Ahmed | 14 years ago | Reply Lolzzzzzzzzzzzz......this is silly...i am a bird fancier myself and phone number and ring....hahahahaha...i normally ring a pigeon at the age of two weeks the aluminum ring carries my cell number on it. it is a marketing way that if anyone needs this breed one can call to get a pair....hahahahahahahaaaaa
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