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India Jails Pigeon Suspected Of Spying For Pakistan

| by Michael Allen

A white pigeon was recently arrested for being a "suspected spy" in India.

The feathered suspect was reportedly wearing a wire-type object and had a message on his tail.

Barber Ramesh Chandra's 14-year-old son found the bird on Wednesday in Manwal village, which is only a few miles from the India-Pakistan border.

The boy took the pigeon to the local police.

"Unfortunately, mobile phones rarely work in the border areas. My son ran to the nearest police post," Chandra told the Times Of India.

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The pigeon's stamped message was written in Urdu and stated, "Tehsil Shakargarh, district Narowal." The message also included some numbers, notes the Daily Mail.

Tehsil Shakargarh is a city in the Narowal District in the Punjab province of Pakistan. The numbers may have been a telephone number.

The police took the bird to a vet hospital in Pathankot, India, where it underwent an X-ray.

Rakesh Kaushal, the senior superintendent of police in Pathankot, told the Times Of India:

Nothing adverse has been found, 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.

The bird is reportedly classified as a "suspected spy" by authorities; no word on any upcoming trial.

Sources: Daily Mail, Times of India
Image Credit: United States Library of Congress