Pakistani spy pigeon apprehended in India. Courtesy/lahoremonitor
The Indian police said they have taken a pigeon into custody after the bird was found carrying a threatening note against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The pigeon was detained near India’s heavily militarized border with Pakistan. The Financial Times reports that India’s Border Security Force (BSF) officers found the bird at Pathankot in the northern state of Punjab. Punjab has suffered many terrorist attacks from Pakistan-based Islamist militants.
“We took it into custody last evening,” Pathankot police inspector Rakesh Kumar told AFP by telephone. “The BSF found it with a note in Urdu saying something like ‘Modi, we’re not the same people from 1971. Now each and every child is ready to fight against India.”
India and Pakistan fought their third, and last, full-blown war in 1971. It appears that the note was signed by the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) “so we are investigating the matter very seriously,” Kumar said.
The FT notes that it is not the first time birds have become tools in the on-going skirmishes between the two countries. The Indian police in 2015 captured and detained a pigeon on suspicion of spying for Pakistan. The bird was X-rayed to see whether it was carrying a spy camera, transmitter or hidden chip. Two years earlier, in 2013, the Indian military found a dead falcon fitted with a small spy camera, and in 2010 the Indians detained another pigeon on suspicion of spying.
Birds and other animals have come under suspicion in other parts of the world. Both Egypt and Hezbollah detained birds they suspected of spying for Israel – and four years ago, Egypt’s tourism minister accused Israel of training sharks to attack European tourists in Egypt’s tourist resorts in order to damage the Egyptian economy.
Source: Homeland Security News Wire