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After 8 months in police custody, security agents release pigeon accused of spying

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After 8 months in police custody, security agents release pigeon accused of spying

A pigeon that spent eight months in Indian police custody has been released after it was finally cleared of being a suspected Chinese spy.

According to the Times of India, the bird was caught at a port in the financial capital Mumbai with “messages written in a Chinese-like script” on its wings.

“Initially, the police had registered a case of spying against the bird, but after completing their inquiry, they dropped the charge,” the report added.

The unnamed bird was held under lock and key at Bai Sakarbai Dinshaw Petit Hospital for Animals in Mumbai while police carried out an investigation.

India office of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in a statement on Thursday said the probe took an “astonishing eight months”

PETA India said police had granted “formal permission for the hospital to release the pigeon” on Wednesday, Barron’s reports.

Local media reports said the bird fluttered away in good health. The pigeon is the latest of several detained by Indian authorities on suspicion of espionage.

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Border security officers took a pigeon into custody in 2016 after it was found carrying a threatening message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi close to India’s border with arch-rival Pakistan.

Another pigeon was held under armed guard in 2010 after it was found in the same region with a ring around its foot and a Pakistani phone number and address stamped on its body in red ink.

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