Police in Indian-Occupied Jammu and Kashmir have seized more than 150 pigeons allegedly being smuggled for the purpose of espionage.
Three people were apprehended on 15th October at Vikram chowk in Jammu city after they were found carrying 150 pigeons in banana boxes.
They were booked under the cruelty to animals act and the birds were given to an NGO called Save Animals Value Environment (SAVE).
Later, the NGO chairman noticed some suspicious movements in the pigeons and wrote to the deputy commissioner who has ordered an inquiry if the birds were being used for spying activities.
Namrata Hakhoo of SAVE said that the pigeons had some rings in their claws and special magnetic rings attached to them which raised suspicion.
Last week the Indian border security force (BSF) officials arrested a grey pigeon in Indian Punjab for allegedly spying for Pakistan.
The pigeon apparently carried a small letter in Urdu with a message presumably for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The note in Urdu reportedly read, “‘Modi, we’re not the same people from 1971. Now each and every child is ready to fight against India.’
Indian police clipped the wings of the ‘spy pigeon’ to prevent it flying back to its origin.