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Punjab's border villages are also shelter of Pak's fatigued pigeons

Times of India, New Delhi, September 17, 2014

 

Stray pigeons from Pakistan who deviate from their path while flying at high altitude often finds shelter in Indian villages situated close to international border where pigeon enthusiasts not only feed them but also prompt them to fly back home. Pigeon enthusiasts of village Daoke normally spread pigeon feed and place water pots on rooftops of their houses in case Pak pigeons needs to quench their thirst and hunger. Daoke is situated on India-Pak international border and surrounded by Pakistan on three sides with only a single bridge connecting it to rest of India. "Pigeon flying is a craze in bordering villages of Pakistan and various competitions are held there in the months of May-June and in September-October," informed a local resident Sukhdev Singh.

 

He said many a times Pak pigeons deviates from their path when they get tired of flying at high altitude and cross border into India. "They are our cross border avian friends and for them many pigeon lovers here spread wheat on their roof top and place water filled earthen pots," he said. He said in the months of pigeon flying competitions in Pakistan many pigeons lands at various border villages of India. Another resident Angrej Singh informed that a couple of high flying Pak pigeons had landed in Daoke this month to quench their thirst and take rest. "When they land here they are fatigued and can't fly anymore, they take rest, eat, drink water and stays back" he said. Singh informed that when Pak pigeons becomes healthy they prompt them to fly back to their homes.

 

"A few goes back while a few stays back here also" he said. Before advent of internet and cell phones, cross border smugglers living in border villages of each side used pigeons to exchange messages. A local resident Ranjit Singh informed that when Pak pigeon enthusiasts paint their pigeon's wings with bright colour. "They colour them so they could identify them from a long distance," he said. He informed that it was not that only Pak pigeons arrives here but Indian pigeons also deviate their path and lands in Pak villages.