‘Spy’ pigeon with Urdu ‘code’ on wings lands at house in Hoshiarpur village
A white pigeon with an Urdu inscription on its wings dropped in a house in Mukerian sub-division’s Motla village late Thursday, raising suspicion that it could be a ‘spy’ from the neighbouring country.
One Naresh Kumar informed the police on Friday that a ‘sick looking’ pigeon had landed in his house last night. Kumar picked it up in the morning and spotted something written on its tail feathers. The police then found someone who could decipher the ‘code’. Mukerian deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Bhupinder Singh told HT that only names of the days were stamped on it.
“We sent the bird for an X-ray to verify if something was hidden inside but nothing suspicious was found. As a precaution, we are keeping the avian in our custody for the time being,” he said.
Mukerian is 35 km from Pathankot, which remains on a high alert after the airbase attack.
As many as 13 sandalwood trees were axed and stolen from the secured premises of the High Explosives Factory located in Khadki. As per the first information report (FIR), the theft of the 13 trees near the old boat club facility on the factory premises came to light on the night of June 24. Investigation into similar thefts across the city in the past has indicated the involvement of organised gangs.
A tantrik (occultist) was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly killing a two-and-a-half-year old child in Jagner area of Agra district. Superintendent of police, Agra Rural (West) Satyajeet Gupta, during a press conference on Tuesday at police lines, informed that the child was found missing from Warigawan village since June 15 and a case was registered under section 363 IPC at Jagner police station of Agra on June 16.
Days after winning the opposition Samajwadi Party's citadels of Azamgarh and Rampur in the Lok Sabha bypolls, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government has now decided to build on its new-found gains in these districts. “The idea is to strengthen the BJP's control here,” party leaders said. During the campaign in Azamgarh, 'Nirahua' had faced the 'outsider' tag. “No project or proposal should remain pending in these places,” the chief minister directed the officials.
On Monday, Pune reported light rainfall. Head of India Meteorological Department, KS Hosalikar, Pune said that the enhanced rainfall activity is forecasted over central Maharashtra including Pune city have received rainfall. “During this enhanced rainfall activity till June end we are hoping to get good and continuous rainfall,” said Hosalikar. Hosalikar added that rainfall should pick up pace as the monsoon regains its strength.
A fraudster impersonating as the registrar of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University attempted to dupe teachers and staff of the vet varsity. GADVASU registrar Harmanjeet Singh Banga told police that teachers of the university told him on June 22 that they have been receiving messages on WhatsApp from an account with his picture, telling them that he is in urgent need of financial assistance and asked them to transfer money online.