Friday, May 28, 2010

This Could Mean War

The cold war between India and Pakistan got hotter today, as Indian police caught a Pakistani spy flying across the Indo-Pak border. Kind of.

According to Indian news media, Pak 'spy' pigeon caught on border, police suspect ISI hand:

A pigeon from Pakistan suspected to be on a "spying mission" was caught on Thursday near the Indo-Pak border here, police said here.

The white pigeon carrying a Pakistani phone number and address on its body besides a rubber ring in its feet was found by border resident Harbans Lal Saini near his house and was brought to the police station here, 40 kms from Amritsar.

SHO Police station Ramdas Jagjit Singh Chahal said that he has informed his superiors who have directed that nobody should be allowed to visit the pigeon and an update would be passed to the SSP office at least thrice in day.

"Nobody should be allowed to visit the pigeon." The pigeon is being held incommunicado? Really? Well, I just hope the pigeon was allowed to make a phone call to a lawyer before he was locked up.

Police suspect that the pigeon, which landed in Indian territory, may be on "special mission of spying" and might have been pushed by Pakistan intelligence agency ISI.

The pigeon is being kept in an air conditioned room which is being guarded by policemen. A medical examination of the bird was carried out by the doctor from the state animal husbandry department.

After the recent killing of two Pakistan-based terrorists in a gun battle in Gurdaspur district, special instructions were issued to border inhabitants to report anything suspicious to the police, the SHO said.

Chahal said he has been asked by his seniors not to leave the police station or to proceed on leave until the fate of pigeon was decided.

The number '303-6284620' was written in red on the pigeon's feathers along with a rubber stamp – Islamabad Wazirabad-Pakistan.

Chahal said they suspected that the pigeon must have landed on Indian soil from Pakistan with a message, which has not be traced so far

The SHO said that Pakistani pigeon are easily recognisable as they have a "different look".

"There are five to six families on Indo-Pak border village that have keen interest in keeping pigeons in their houses. They have told us about the difference between Indian and Pakistani birds," he said.

The cops say that Pakistani pigeons "have a different look" than Indian pigeons? Hey, that's profiling!

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