Indian border guards in the province of Punjab took a pigeon into custody after it was found flying apparently from Pakistan with a warning message to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Border Security Force (BSF) officers found the pigeon at Pathankot in the northern state of Punjab on Sunday.
Police said the message written on a piece of paper read: “Modi Ji, do not consider us the same people as we were during 1971 (Indo-Pak war). Now each and every child is ready to fight against India.”
The note was apparently signed by the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, “so we are investigating the matter very seriously,” Pathankot police inspector Rakesh Kumar told AFP. It is not the first time that pigeons have become entangled in the decades-old rivalry between the two nuclear-armed nations.
Just last year, the Indian police seized a pigeon on suspicion that 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 fears of espionage.