A white pigeon that flew into India with a Pakistan stamp has created a flutter in Punjab's Pathankot district, prompting authorities to send it for an X-ray exmaination.
The pigeon, with a Pakistani seal and "Tehsil Shakargarh, district Narowal" stamped on it in Urdu, was spotted by Ramesh Chand of Manwal village.
As the bird looked "suspect" because of the Pakistani marking, Chand took it to Bamial police station. A buzz spread in the area that it might be a "spy pigeon".
Pathankot's senior superintendent of police Rakesh Kaushal said the stamp had raised many doubts. “We can’t trust the hostile neighbouring country, so we have to verify,” he said .
"We have alerted the intelligence and security agencies, including the Border Security Force (BSF),” he added.
However, nothing come out of the X-ray examination of the pigeon.
A polyclinic in Gurdaspur is examining the numbers and the address stamped on its feathers. Till the investigation is completed, the intruder will cool its heels at the police station on a wing and a prayer.
In March, a pigeon was found near the border with Pakistan in Gujarat with a chip on one leg, a ring with a code on the other leg and some inscriptions on its wing.
The pigeon was first seen on March 20 about five nautical miles from the shore of Salaya Essar jetty, which is under construction, in Gujarat's Devbhumi Dwarka district.
One of the security guards at the jetty found the pigeon had a chip, with "Benjing Dual" written on it, on one leg and the number "28733" written in a ring on the other leg. One word - Rasul-Ul-Allah - was found written on the wing of the pigeon in Arabic.
(With inputs from PTI)