Pi­geon with note threat­en­ing Modi de­tained

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

NEW DELHI: In­dian po­lice said yes­ter­day they 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 said 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.

The neig­bours fought their third and last full-blown war in 1971.

The note was ap­par­ently signed by the Pak­istan-based mil­i­tant group Lashkar-eTaiba “so we are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter very se­ri­ously”, Ku­mar said.

It is not the first time birds have be­come em­broiled in the decades-old ri­valry 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.

Two bal­loons were also re­cently found in Pun­jab with sim­i­lar mes­sages ad­dressed to Modi in Urdu.

Last year, In­dian po­lice­men seized a pi­geon on sus­pi­cion it was be­ing used for es­pi­onage by Pak­istan.

They also X-rayed it to check for any spy cam­era, trans­mit­ter or hid­den chip.

In 2013, In­dian se­cu­rity forces found a dead fal­con fit­ted with a small cam­era, and in 2010 another pi­geon was de­tained over spy­ing fears. – AFP

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