India’s Border Security Force (BSF) on Monday claimed to have captured another “Pakistani spy pigeon” and handed it over to police in occupied Kashmir.
Jammu&Kashmir: Locals in Kathua captured a pigeon near Indian border fences today. Shailendra Mishra, SSP Kathua says, “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.Investigation underway” pic.twitter.com/76RJilZTFO
— ANI (@ANI) May 25, 2020
According to NDTV, the pigeon, “with a prominent pink patch and a tag on its leg”, was logged at the police station as a “suspected Pakistani spy”.
The report said that the pigeon is being suspected of being part of an “espionage attempt from Pakistan” and that an investigation has been launched into the matter.
According to the report, police records show that the pigeon flew into the house of a woman in Chadwal area of Kathua district, who caught it and handed it over to the BSF. The latter then handed it over to the police for further investigation.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Kathua Shailendra Mishra quoted the woman as saying that the pigeon had a ring round its foot that had numbers inscribed on it.
This is not the first time a pigeon has been accused of spying on India for Pakistan. In 2015, a pigeon was captured by Indian forces for crossing the Indo-Pak border into India’s Pathankot area.