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Indian deer enters Pakistan’s Punjab, handed over to police, ‘escapes’

A deer that entered Pakistan’s Punjab province from the Indian side of the border on Monday was “detained” by people and “handed over” to police.

world Updated: Nov 28, 2016 19:23 IST
HT Correspondent
Image grabbed from footage aired by Pakistan’s Jaag TV channel of the Indian deer “detained” after it crossed the border.
Image grabbed from footage aired by Pakistan’s Jaag TV channel of the Indian deer “detained” after it crossed the border.(Screengrab)

A deer that entered Pakistan’s Punjab province from the Indian side of the border on Monday was “detained” by people and “handed over” to police, according to a media report.

The development came after several instances of pigeons from the Pakistani side being held by security forces, especially in India’s Punjab state.

The deer entered Sialkot district of Punjab province early on Monday, Jaag TV news channel reported. The animal apparently crossed the border along the Ravi river.

The channel beamed footage of several men holding the deer and carrying it along a road before a crowd on excited onlookers. It reported that deer from the Indian side often entered Pakistan in the areas along the Ravi.

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The channel further quoted local residents as saying that the deer “disappeared” after it was handed over to police, who claimed it had “escaped”.

The incident led to some humorous exchanges on Twitter, with people from India and Pakistan asking how the deer’s “nationality” had been established and how it had “escaped”.

In the past, several “spy” pigeons have been held by Indian security forces, especially when tensions have spiked between the two countries.

In October, a pigeon from the Pakistani side, was taken into “custody” after a letter written in Urdu and addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi was found attached to it by BSF personnel in Pathankot.

In September, another pigeon from the Pakistani side with some Urdu words inscribed on its wings was held by police in Mukerian sub-division.

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