Secret Agent Bird: Pigeon Arrested in India for Suspected Spying
The name is Bond. Pigeon Bond.
A pigeon is being held in custody by police in India as a “suspected spy,” according to the BBC.
The bird was discovered on Thursday in Manwal, a village about two miles from the India-Pakistan border. A 14-year-old boy spotted the bird carrying a stamped message and brought the pigeon to the authorities.
The letter attached to the bird was partly written in Urdu, the official language of Pakistan, and contained a Pakistani phone number. Officials searched and X-rayed the culprit, but found nothing else suspicious.
“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,” police superintendent Rakesh Kaushal told the Times of India.
The place where the pigeon was found is close to Jammu and Kashmir, an area claimed by both India and Pakistan. This shared claim of the land has led to numerous military disputes.
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Because of the unrest surrounding the area, authorities have decided to keep the bird in custody for now and log the animal as a suspected spy.