Security personnel in India have reportedly captured a pigeon that was found carrying a warning note for Prime Minister Narendra Modi near the Line of Control on Monday. Officials said Border Security Force personnel found the bird in Punjab's Pathankot district, where an Indian Air Force facility was targeted by militants in January, AFP reported.
Pathankot police inspector Rakesh Kumar told the news agency that the note was written in Urdu. "It [the note] said we're not the same people from 1971. Now each and every child is ready to fight against India," Kumar said. The neighbouring countries fought their last full-scale war in 1971.
The message was allegedly signed by Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba. In 2015, security forces had captured a pigeon suspected to be carrying espionage devices for Pakistan. In 2013, authorities found a dead falcon fitted with a small camera, and in 2010 another pigeon was captured over similar suspicions.
Hostilities between India and Pakistan intensified since the the September 18 attack on the Indian Army base in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri sector. While India believes Pakistan was involved in the attack, Islamabad maintains that there is no evidence to support the accusation. The Indian Army announced on Thursday, September 29, that it carried out "surgical strikes against terror launchpads" in along the LoC.