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03/06/2015 06:16 BST | Updated 03/06/2015 06:59 BST

India Arrests Pakistani 'Spy' Pigeon Over Espionage Concerns

India has reportedly arrested a pigeon from Pakistan after suspecting it of espionage. We're not making it up.

According to the Times of India, the 'avian intruder' made its way into Punjab, an Indian state bordering Pakistan, bearing a stamped message in Urdu - the language predominantly spoken in Pakistan.

The pigeon was found by a 14-year-old boy who took the bird straight to the police station after discovering the Urdu markings.

Police did an X-ray check on the bird, which apparently confirmed that the pigeon was in fact an innocent who happened to have flown into an overtly paranoid Indian village.

Senior superintendent of police Rakesh Kaushal explained:

"Nothing adverse has been found, but we have kept the bird in our custody.

This is a rare instance of a bird from Pakistan being spotted here. We have caught a few spies here. The area is sensitive, given its proximity to Jammu, where infiltration is quite common."

Pakistan took to Twitter using #IfIWereAPigeon and #PigeonVsIndia to mark the occasion with a whole host of memes.

India's paranoid reaction to the pigeon comes as both countries continue to exchange accusations of espionage.

It is not the first time birds have been the subject of security concerns. Last year China performed anal checks on 10,000 pigeons ahead of its National Day.

However this is the first time a lowly pigeon has been drawn into India and Pakistan's fraught diplomatic relationship.