Balloons and Pigeons: Empty Threats “flown” in from Pakistan
The police said officers of the Border Security Force or BSF had found the bird in Pathankot, where Pakistani terrorists had attacked an Air Force base in January this year.
The Punjab Police have said to have taken the pigeon “into custody”, which is believed to be carrying a note with a threat message for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A police inspector, Rakesh Kumar, told news agency AFP that the bird was found with a note in Urdu tied to it. “It said something like ‘Modi, we’re not the same people from 1971. Now each and every child is ready to fight against India’,” Mr Kumar said.
Security forces are on high alert at the borders with Pakistan in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir amid heightened tension after terrorists sneaked into India two weeks ago and attacked an Army base in Kashmir’s Uri, killing 19 soldiers.
The said threat note is believed to be the doing of the Lakshar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the matter is being investigated very seriously.
Last year, the police had captured a pigeon on suspicion that it was being used for espionage by Pakistan and had x-rayed it to check for spy cameras, transmitters or hidden chips. In 2013, security forces had found a dead falcon fitted with a small camera, and in 2010 another pigeon was captured over spying fears. And just recently balloons were flown in with messages of threat.