India claims Pakistani spy pigeon detained


PATHANKOT: A pigeon which crossed the Indo-Pak border into India’s Pathankot area was captured and detained for being a ‘suspected spy’ on Thursday, according to a report published on local news website.


A stamped message and a wire-like object on the ‘intruder’, which landed on a mud-and-brick house in Manwal village situated four kilometers from the Indo-Pak border, raised suspicions of the security agencies in India.

The website report said that a part of the message stamped on the bird was in Urdu, while the numbers appeared to be that of a phone in Pakistan’s Narowal district.

The pigeon was taken to a local veterinary hospital for an x-ray but no clues were discovered establishing any links with Pakistan, but we have kept the bird in our custody.

“This is a rare instance of a bird from Pakistan being spotted here. We have caught a few spies here.

The area is sensitive, given its proximity to Jammu, where infiltration is quite common,” said Pathankot senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rakesh Kaushal.

According to local media, the bird was found on a day when an inter-state meeting on security was being held among officials of Punjab Police, Indian Army as well as those from Kathua and Jammu districts.