The messages are written on a piece of paper, inserted into plastic capsule and tied to the feet of the Belgian Homer Pigeons and transported to a destination.
The service was put to test on 14th April 2018 when the Odisha Police, in association with the Bhubaneswar chapter of Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), flew 50 pigeons at OUAT Grounds here to deliver missives of heritage conservation to Cuttack, 25km away and it reached in an hour.
Former DGP and state convener of INTACH, A B Tripathy, praised the police department for preserving the age-old tradition.SP (signal) BN Das said Odisha was the only state in India to use carrier pigeons to communicate among police stations.The Odisha Pigeon Service started in 1946 when 200 pigeons were handed over to police personnel by the army on an experimental basis to communicate in areas with no wireless or telephone links, Das said.
The messages, written on a piece of paper, were inserted into plastic capsule and tied to the feet of the Belgian Homer Pigeons, which can fly 25 km in just 15 to 25 minutes and live up to 20 years, he added.
Courtesy: Shubhrajyoti Behera, Odihsa.