This time around the bird came in from Pathankot and like the previous incident this time too there was an Urdu inscription with a telephone number strapped on the bird's leg. Investigations by the Punjab Police found that the number belonged to someone in Narowal in Pakistan.
The bird of terror
The white pigeon that landed at the Manwal village which is close to the Pakistan border was first spotted by a barber, Ramesh. The barber along with his son spotted some inscriptions tied to the bird's leg, following which they went to the police station.
The bird was then taken to the hospital and scanned. However nothing was found on it. Currently the bird is in the custody of the police. The police even alerted the Intelligence Bureau and told them they suspect the bird to be a spy.
What happened the last time?
On March 29 2014 a bird had caused a similar flutter.
A pigeon was found near the India-Pakistan coastal border at Gujarat. On close verification it was found that the bird was a Benjing Dual which is in high demand as they take part in races.
The scare was caused because the bird had a chip attached to it and also some Urdu inscriptions.
While on the leg of the pigeon there was a chip attached with the number 28733 on the wing the security agencies found Rasul Ul Allah written on it. On discovering the pigeon a report was immediately dashed off to the Home Ministry which asked the agencies to look into the matter.
The anti terrorism squad and the forensic experts in Gujarat were roped in to study the incident. However further investigations that were conducted showed that the bird was a racer and had strayed into Indian territory.