A pigeon suspected of being skilled to “spy” by Pakistan has been captured in India alongside one of many world’s most contested borders, Indian officers stated.
They stated the hen was carrying a “coded message” and was caught by villagers in Manyari, alongside the border which separates Indian-controlled Kashmir and Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.
Safety companies try to decipher the message, the officers informed Indian information company PTI.
Kathua Police’s senior superintendent Shailendra Mishra stated the villagers gave the pigeon to police on Sunday after it flew into a lady’s home from Pakistan.
He stated: “A hoop was seen hooked up to one in every of its legs with some numbers on it and a probe is on.
“We will not say it was used for spying. Locals, seeing a tag tied with its leg, caught the pigeon.
“Some referred to as it a coded message. In Pakistan’s Punjab, individuals tie quantity tags on pigeons to assert possession.”
Birds have reportedly been used for espionage within the disputed area earlier than.
In 2016, police in Pathankot, in India’s Punjab state, took in a hen that was discovered close to the Pakistan border which had a word hooked up to it with an alleged menace to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.
The 12 months earlier than, a hen was seized a number of miles from the border after being noticed carrying a “stamped message” on its physique, based on native reviews.
— to news.sky.com