Police Seize 150 Pigeons For ‘Espionage’ In Jammu Kashmir

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pigeon“We became suspicious when we saw that some pigeons had rings in their claws. Rings were in blue, red, white, green colours and some were having double rings. Wings of maximum pigeons were clipped and half were having safety pins and were attached with thread,

Police in Jammu have captured more than 150 pigeons allegedly being smuggled for the purpose of espionage, The Times of India reported.

A police official Sachin Gupta said that the pigeons were handed over to a non-government organisation (NGO) Save Animals Value Environment (SAVE).

“On the night of 6th October, during security checking at Vikram Chowk, 150 pigeons were seized from a car. The pigeons were packed in a box cruelly and were also dehydrated. They were rescued under Cruelty to Animal Act and have been handed over to a NGO for their safe custody,” Gupta was quoted as saying.

SAVE NGO chairman, the report said, wrote to Deputy Commissioner (DC) after rings on the claws of pigeons raised suspicions.

“We became suspicious when we saw that some pigeons had rings in their claws. Rings were in blue, red, white, green colours and some were having double rings. Wings of maximum pigeons were clipped and half were having safety pins and were attached with thread,” said Namrata Hakhoo, an activist with the NGO.

Meanwhile, the DC has ordered a probe into the issue. The birds would be released only after the investigation is completed, the police official said.

(Agencies)

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