56 arrested in police crackdown on kite flyers, aerial firing

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At least 56 persons were arrested during police crackdown against kite flyers and aerial firing in different parts of Rawalpindi on Thursday night and Friday.

According to a police spokesman, a crackdown was conducted under the supervision of Senior Superintendent of Police, Operations Wasim Riaz in the jurisdiction of City, Waris Khan, Pirwadhai, Rattamral, Bani, New Town, Race Course and other areas and 56 violators were arrested besides recovering a large number of kites and kite flying string rolls.

He informed that Divisional Superintendents of Police and Deputy Superintendents of Police supervised the operations conducted against the violators.

Rawalpindi district police, on the directives of City Police Officer (CPO), Umar Saeed Malik had deployed over 1600 cops in different city areas particularly congested localities to control kite flying and aerial firing, he said.

The spokesman informed that police had arrested 746 violators besides recovering over 100,000 kites and 2000 kite flying string rolls from their possession during this season.

He said that the CPO who was also monitoring the crackdown against the violators had directed the officers concerned to utilize all available resources to net the kite flying ban violators.

He informed that the CPO had also appreciated police performance and directed to continue raids to take strict action against sellers and flyers.

The kite flying ban violators were being dealt with an iron hand and no one would be spared, he said adding, no one would be allowed to violate the law and indulge in kite flying and selling.

The use of metal string for kite flying, results in the loss of human lives therefore, all-out efforts were being made to stop the kite flying, he added.

A special awareness campaign was also being run to control the ban violation, he said. He informed that Punjab Inspector General of Police, Rao Sardar Ali Khan had issued orders to speed up the crackdown against kite flying and aerial firing.

Under an awareness campaign, special announcements were also being made in the mosques to prevent kite flying and aerial firing, he said adding, the parents were also urged to keep an eye on the activities of their children and not allow them to be a part of illegal activities.

The people had also been requested to report on 15 against kite flying and aerial firing so that such notorious elements could be immediately rounded up, he added.

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