Days after the Jammu and Kashmir police seized more than 150 pigeons allegedly being smuggled, the state intelligence agency has reportedly ordered a probe into the issue.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Jammu and Kashmir has now investigating the possibility of using these pigeons for the purpose of espionage.
Officials suggested the pigeons could have been used for sending secret messages to the Pakistan Intelligence Agencies across the Line of Control (LoC).
Sunil Gupta, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jammu was quoted by news agency as saying: “Few days ago, police seized few cartons from a Kashmir-bound vehicle in which 153 pigeons were being smuggled to the Kashmir Valley.”
“The pigeons had strange pink marking and suspicious rings after which the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Jammu referred the case to the CID for investigation,” he added.
Three people were arrested at Vikram Chowk in Jammu on 5th October after they were found carrying 150 pigeons in Banana Boxes. Police claimed that were being smuggled from the Punjab border to the sensitive Pulwama district of south Kashmir.
The accused were charged under Section 144 cruelty to Animals Act and the birds were handed over to an NGO named Save Animals Value Environment (SAVE).
According to officials, the birds were having different colour rings and special magnetic rings attached to them.
Simrandeep Singh, DC Jammu, told media: “”The CID is examining the purpose of special colour applied to the pigeons and whether they were any colour code. We want to be fully sure before the pigeons are released.”
The incident became suspicious as intelligence reports earlier alerted authorities saying terrorists might use unconventional means to target security installations in the wake of surgical strike.
In September last week, a white pigeon had reportedly found in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur district with some Urdu words written on it.