Wonders they say, shall never cease, and Indian authorities have proven this to be true by detaining a pigeon for allegedly threatening the Prime Minister-Narendra Modi on Monday.
The bird which was found by Border Security Force (BSF) at Pathankot in the northern state of Punjab, was taken into custody after it was found carrying a warning note to the Prime Minister near the nation’s heavily militarised border with Pakistan.
According to Punch, Pathankot police inspector Rakesh Kumar told newsmen what led to the pigeon’s arrest, in a telephone interview.
“We took it into custody last evening. 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’,” he said.
“We are investigating the matter very seriously”, Kumar continued while referring to the note allegedly signed by the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
Indian and Pakistan have been embroiled in decades-long battles with the last full-blown war fought in 1971.
Last year, Indian police seized a pigeon on suspicion it was being used for espionage by Pakistan and 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.