A pigeon was handed over to the police in India after it was accused of being a Pakistani spy, said the authorities.
The pigeon spy was discovered by Geeta Devi, a woman that lives in the Kathua district of Kashmir, after the bird flew into her house on May 24, 2020.
The pigeon reportedly had been painted with pink color and was carrying a foot ring with numbers on it.
Shailendra Kumar Mishra, the Senior Superintendent of Kathua Police, said:
We don’t know from where it came. Locals captured it near our fences. We have found a ring in its foot on which some numbers are written. Further investigation is underway.
The bird was captured by locals near the India-Pakistan border fence.
It was passed over to the police by the Indian Border Security Force.
The police said:
Though birds have no boundaries and many fly across international borders during migration, a coded ring tagged to the captured pigeon’s body is a cause for concern as migratory birds don’t have such rings.
The pigeon will be staying with the police until they finish their investigations.
This is not the first time that a spying pigeon has been caught passing between India and Pakistan, neighboring countries that have been war for a very long time.
5 years ago, a pigeon was intercepted in the Manwal Village, which is around 2.5 miles away from the Indian-Pakistan border.
The pigeon had the message “Tehsil Shakarghar, district Narowal” stamped on its tail along with numerals.
The area that was mentioned on the pigeon was mentioned in the Punjab Province of Pakistan.
An X-ray was carried out on the bird, but nothing suspicious was found in or on it.
The police kept the pigeon with them and registered it as a suspected spy.