INDIA: PIGEON SUSPECTED OF BEING A CHINESE SPY HELD 8 MONTHS IN DETENTION BEFORE BEING RELEASED
Suspected of being a Chinese spy, a pigeon was arrested by the Bombay police last May. He had actually come from Taiwan and had simply escaped and crossed the border.
A feathered agent of the Chinese state? A pigeon was arrested and detained for eight months before being released on Tuesday, Associated Press reported on Thursday, citing India’s Press Trust of India. The bird was suspected of being a spy for China.
"The police had opened a case for spying on the bird, but closed the case at the end of its investigation," according to Times of India.
Last May, the bird flew in the vicinity of Bombay, when it was captured in a port of the city by policemen. In question, the inscriptions appearing on the two rings attached to the legs of the bird and which the two policemen interpret as being Chinese.
It does not take more for the pigeon to be accused of espionage in the name of China. He was sent to the small animal hospital Bai Sakarbai Dinshaw in Mumbai to be kept in detention.
It is only much later that the Indian police realize their mistake. The bird actually comes from Taiwan, not China. Far from being a spy, it simply escaped the attention of its owners. With the permission of the police, the pigeon was transferred to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Bombay. It is only on Tuesday, 8 months later, that the animal is released.
The Indian police are not in their first episode of this kind. Already in 2020, a pigeon is arrested in the Kashmir region, while he is suspected of being a spy. It turns out that he belongs to a Pakistani fisherman and is released.