Bird ‘taken into custody’ after it was found carrying a warning to the prime minister near the heavily militarised border with Pakistan
Tuesday 4 October 2016 05.00 BST
Indian police have taken a pigeon into custody after it was found carrying a warning note to Prime Minister Narendra Modi near the nation’s heavily militarised border with Pakistan.
Border Security Force (BSF) officers found the bird at Pathankot in the northern state of Punjab, where Pakistan-based militants launched a deadly attack on an airforce base in January.
“We took it into custody last evening,” Pathankot police inspector Rakesh Kumar told AFP by telephone.
“The BSF found it with a note in Urdu saying something like ‘Modi, we’re not the same people from 1971. Now each and every child is ready to fight against India’,” Kumar said.
India and Pakistan fought their third and last full-blown war in 1971.
The note was apparently signed by the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) “so we are investigating the matter very seriously”, Kumar said.
It is not the first time birds have become embroiled in the long-running animosity between the two nuclear-armed nations.
But it comes as tensions escalate over a raid on an Indian army base in Kashmir two weeks ago that New Delhi blamed on the same militant group held responsible for the attacks in January.
Last week, India’s military hit militants across the de-facto border dividing disputed Kashmir, in a rare move that sparked fury from Islamabad.