Dove detained on suspicion of spying for China is released in India

Dove detained on suspicion of spying for China is released in India
Dove detained on suspicion of spying for China is released in India
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02/02/2024 – 10:09

A pigeon was released after being detained by Indian police for eight months on suspicion that the animal was acting as a spy for China. According to the Times of India newspaper, the bird was captured in Mumbai with “messages written on its wings in a Chinese-like script.”

“Initially, the police opened a case of espionage against the bird, but after completing the investigation, they withdrew the charge,” the newspaper added. The animal remained locked in a city hospital while police carried out an investigation.

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The process lasted “a surprising eight months”, the animal rights organization PETA reported on Thursday. According to the NGO, the police gave “formal permission to the hospital to release the pigeon” on Wednesday.

The dove is the latest of several detained by Indian authorities on suspicion of espionage.

Security officials announced the detention of a dove in 2016 after they discovered it was carrying a threatening message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi near India’s border with rival Pakistan.

Another dove was held under armed surveillance in 2010 when it was found in the same region with a ring on its paw and a Pakistani telephone number and address stamped on its body in red paint.

In this case, authorities ordered that no one be allowed to visit the pigeon, which, according to police, could be on a “special espionage mission”.

*With information from AFP


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