Spare the pigeons

Published on May 31, 2015 00:58:58 AM

It is high time that pigeons and other wildlife at stake because of the perpetual animosity nurtured by India and Pakistan against each other are protected. The two countries may have issues to keep on fighting. But engaging birds on espionage mission is distressing. A spy pigeon caught near the India-Pakistan border by the Gujarat police two months ago has left the Home Ministry flummoxed since it had a chip fitted in one leg and a ring with code “28733” on the other.

It resulted in the prospect of putting all the pigeons in Gujarat State under scanner. The Coast Guard, forest department, forensic experts and Gujarat’s anti-terrorism squad were all alerted. The bird has the name of Rasul-ul-Allah, written on its wings in Urdu-Arabic language and the probe into the episode is still going on.

One more pigeon, which had apparently come from across the border, was caught in the border village of Pathankot two days ago, putting the intelligence agencies and the Punjab police on alert. The arrival of the avian intruder, close on the heels of Intelligence Bureau alert on the possibility of Indian Mujahideen strike in Jammu and Pathankot areas aggravated the fears of the public.

The white pigeon had a wire like object on its body and a stamped message which was partly in Urdu, and denoted a landline number from Narowal district in Pakistan. The communication has been conveyed to Border Security Forces and Intelligence Bureau. Also, the Bamiyal Police have made an entry in their diary calling the pigeon a ‘suspected spy.’

The bird is now under custodial observation. Use of pigeons for espionage should be the last thing any country should think of because, they may fight over land, water or the minerals, but the wild life has no boundaries and they belong to every one of us on the planet earth.