JUN 12, 2018 — Amritsar police on Monday said it would have a pigeon x-rayed over suspicions of spying for Pakistan, Times of India reported.
As per the details, police in Ajnala town of Amritsar district would have the bird examined to ascertain it did not have any spy gadget embedded in its body and to rule out the possibility of any coded messages.
According to the Times of India, the pigeon was found by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) close to the border with Pakistan and was later handed over to local police for further probe.
The report went on to say that the conveying of coded messages through the bird was not a rare occurrence on the Punjab side of the border.
This is not the first time India has suspected pigeons of being used from the other side of the border for spying purposes.
In February 2017, the country claimed to have caught a “spy pigeon” it said came from Pakistan. The authorities later claimed it escaped to Pakistan due to police negligence.
Similarly, in May 2016, Indian authorities claimed that a pigeon they caught in Pathankot carried a message stamped in Urdu. Later that year, in October, police officials clipped the wings of a pigeon they caught in Bamial village with a similar message to prevent it from “escaping”.