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Pakistani 'spy' pigeon is captured by police


Posted on Friday, 29 May, 2020 | Comment icon 12 comments

Even pigeons can be accused of spying. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.5 DemonTraitor
A pigeon carrying a 'coded message' was recently captured by authorities in India on suspicion of spying.
According to reports, the hapless pigeon was picked up by villagers in the Jammu and Kashmir region along the International Border (IB) with Pakistan before being handed over to the police.

Authorities became suspicious after an encoded message was found in a ring around its leg.

The region itself is heavily disputed and claimed by both India and Pakistan, which explains why the local police would exercise such suspicion over something as simple as a pigeon.

As it turns out however, the avian 'spy' was owned by a Pakistani man named Habib Ullah who reported that it had inadvertently flown over the border.
He claimed that he owned 12 pigeons and that the 'coded message' was in fact his phone number.

According to local media, the bird itself has since been released by police on the basis that it was carrying 'nothing suspicious'.

"I believe the 'spy pigeon' has been released," the region's former chief minister Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter. "Was there prisoner exchange or was it just allowed to fly?"

"Perhaps it's a double agent now!"

Source: Deccan Herald | Comments (12)


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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by spartan max2 on 27 May, 2020, 12:59
Extremist groups do do this. It's funny that with all the technology we have that a note with paper and a pigeon can still be effective. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by Piney on 27 May, 2020, 13:20
It's how the British SAS works. Low tech. 
Comment icon #5 Posted by lightly on 27 May, 2020, 16:42
I think that's how the Rothchilds got word of Napoleans defeat at Waterloo before anyone else did.   A pigeon across the channel.  Rothchilds began selling stock,which made Many think Napoleaon had won... . But then, Rothchild bought up the ensuing panic selling and made a fortune. $$$$$$$
Comment icon #6 Posted by Oniomancer on 28 May, 2020, 13:25
Wrong cartoon. While we're at it, that comment about how " a coded ring tagged to the captured pigeon’s body is a cause for concern as migratory birds don’t have such rings.” caught my attention. Have the Indians never heard of bird banding?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Oniomancer on 28 May, 2020, 16:46
Pink doesn't exactly seem like an unobtrusive color for a spy pigeon either. On a hunch I googled Dyed Pigeon: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3184984/Mystery-pink-pigeons-SOLVED-Fancier-dyed-birds-s-feathers-confuse-falcons-says-won-t-knows-harm-them.html https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2014/aug/06/painted-pigeons-paloma-al-aire-ricardo-cases-in-pictures https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/pink-racing-pigeon-leduc-alberta-1.5156285 Add to that the fact that it's common, prerequisite in fact, for racing pigeons to be banded, said bands bearing a code of letters an... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by micahc on 29 May, 2020, 0:17
Don't laugh. Pigeons ate this woman in rome in less than 10 minutes as other pigeons waited for other tourists.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Manwon Lender on 29 May, 2020, 0:41
This is the actual  suspect that has been apprehended by India's Security Forces, it appears though that the threat ha been neutralized.  peace Neutralizing the Threat Here is a photo of the Pigeon that was captured and accused of spying.
Comment icon #10 Posted by pallidin on 29 May, 2020, 16:48
Comment icon #11 Posted by Still Waters on 30 May, 2020, 10:50
Update:  
Comment icon #12 Posted by third_eye on 30 May, 2020, 11:34
Hullo allo?  Are you missing a pigeon may I be asking?  ~


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