J&K: Release of 150 pigeons stayed as ‘they could have been meant for insurgency’

"I consider it a case of apprehended danger which should necessarily be put through a preliminary investigation by the agencies," said DM Simrandeep Singh.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Updated: October 16, 2016 3:46 pm
jammu and kashmir, kashmir, J&K, pigeons in J&K, pigeons in Kashmir, India news, Indian Express The pigeons, being transported in a vehicle from Amritsar to Anantnag, were seized by police on October 5.

Suggesting that they could have been meant for terror activities in J&K, the state government has withheld the release of more than 150 pigeons, despite orders from a local court here.The pigeons, being transported in a vehicle from Amritsar to Anantnag, were seized by police on October 5.

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The pigeons, which were tightly squeezed into cartons, were handed over to SAVE, an NGO working with the Society for Prevention of Cruelty towards Animals. On October 8, a local court imposed a fine of Rs 150 on the men transporting the birds under provisions of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and ordered the release of the birds.

But District Magistrate, Jammu, Simrandeep Singh, in a written order dated October 11, stopped the release of the pigeons, saying, “I consider it a case of apprehended danger which should necessarily be put through a preliminary investigation by the agencies.”

Referring to the caution sounded by the IAF regarding the use of such non-conventional methods by hostile agencies to cause disturbances, he further wrote, “There could be a possibility of these pigeons being used for facilitating insurgency by means of exchange of messages or by using some hidden devices in their feet.”

“This presumption is being made due to their having different body colours, identification marks and different coloured rings on the feet,” he added.

Accordingly, he using the powers vested in him under Section 144 of the CrPC and ordered SAVE not to hand over the birds to the accused until a preliminary enquiry is conducted into the matter. Pointing out that the order will remain in force for 20 days, he said the release order shall be issued by him only after receiving clearance from SSP CID CI.

A senior police officer said that matter was under investigation. The accused have, however, left for the Valley.
SAVE chairperson Rumpy Madan said the suspicion arouse as a large number of birds were tightly stuffed into cartons using wires, safety pins and other objects, without any ventilation, water and feed.

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    Romik
    Oct 16, 2016 at 6:06 pm
    Pigones can fly 1800 km; tkae them and relase them in manipur
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      Adrian Akau
      Oct 16, 2016 at 11:08 am
      Very cruel treatment of harmless birds. Perhaps it is believed that the feet of the pigeons can shoot laser rays so they are being retained.
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        arc
        Oct 16, 2016 at 3:58 pm
        73 crore Indians did not vote for Modi. So that's 73 crore s in India? How is that for a thought, chaddi Thai?
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          arc
          Oct 16, 2016 at 4:46 pm
          73 crore indians did not vote for Modi. So you have 73 crore s in India. How is that for a thought, my chaddi bhakt?
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            arc
            Oct 16, 2016 at 3:51 pm
            Not easy for Chaddis trying in vain to hide shame by covering their ugly legs. True to form of all fake deshbhakts, you too think any criticism of Modi govt comes only from stan. Remember, 70 per cent Indians did not vote for modi. So you have 73 crore s in India.
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              arc
              Oct 16, 2016 at 4:48 pm
              Only Chaddis can be obsessed with cows, pigs, pigeons at the same time. What's wrong with them? Answer: donkey brain.
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                arc
                Oct 16, 2016 at 1:22 pm
                Too stupid for comment. Only in Modi India.
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                  W.R.
                  Oct 16, 2016 at 12:49 pm
                  Modi and his pigeons. The w world is laughing at Modi's continuous rant against stan and his pigeons. We couldn't get more than this !!
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                    Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
                    Oct 16, 2016 at 11:16 am
                    I think that to arrest and lock these pigeons is a bit of stupidity. It has been told that pigeons can fly only through familiar routes to which they have been trained. If pigeons from Amritsar has been brought to Anantnag it will not be able to go to some destination in stan. The transporters have been cruel to the birds by stuffing them in boxes. But to hold them as suspects is also no less. They could be taken to somewhere deep inside India like UP or Bihar or MP and released so that they will not fly back to stan. Unless they are particular variety and had been trained for this purpose.
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                      Ashok Mazumdar
                      Oct 16, 2016 at 11:09 am
                      stani Kabootar : Gutarguu Khanlt;br/gt;Indian Kabutree : Guftaguu Khatoonlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Cross Border Infiltration.lt;br/gt;Custodial probe by Transgender Kabutoor
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                        Vivek narain
                        Oct 16, 2016 at 11:44 am
                        The pigeons should be confiscated and trained to spy on advesaries,pigeon feed comes expensive.
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                          rahul
                          Oct 16, 2016 at 2:01 pm
                          "W world" as in you and your family in stan?
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                            rahul
                            Oct 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm
                            If not to comment and give vent to your impotent frustration, then why are you here, ?
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                              Shyamal Ganguly
                              Oct 16, 2016 at 11:25 am
                              Stupid judges of India !!! Ho Ho Ho. They are focused on the pigeons. They are not holding the traffickers in the police custody. Most judges are on the take.
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                                deva
                                Oct 16, 2016 at 2:44 pm
                                The pigeon owner holds the key. He should be enquired untill right answers got.
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