Indian police said Monday they have taken a pigeon into custody after it was found carrying a warning note to Prime Minister Narendra Modi near the heavily militarised border with Pakistan.
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Border Security Force (BSF) officers found the bird in Pathankot in the northern state of Punjab, where militants had launched a deadly attack on an air force 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.
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Now each and every child is ready to fight against India’,” Kumar said. 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 often deadly decades-old rivalry between the two nuclear-armed nations. But it comes as tensions escalate over a raid on an Indian army base in Held Kashmir that New Delhi blamed on the same militant group held responsible for the attacks in January.
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Two balloons were also recently found in Punjab with similar messages addressed to Modi in Urdu. 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.