Kite flying ban openly violated as ‘Basant’ celebrated

Rawalpindi—The ban on kite flying and metallic strings and aerial firing was openly violated here in cantonment areas on Thursday night and Friday as ‘Basant’ was celebrated.
According to details, the residents expressed concerns over Kite flying and use of metallic strings, banned by the city administration, adding that such violation was a question mark on the performance of the authorities concerned.
They alleged that administration had failed to implement the ban, adding Tench Bhatta, Peoples Colony, Kiani road, Bakra Mandi, Dhoke Syedan, Tahli Mori, Dhari Hasanabad, Lalkurti and many other areas were noticed where the activity was openly done especially on Friday. There was also aerial firing with the kite flying.
Locals claimed that the metallic strings used for flying kites injured many persons during last week, adding that it could have taken their lives.
The citizens was of the view that kite flying could lead to traffic accidents. They demanded to strictly implement the ban of kite flying which
might take lives of innocent citizens. Owing to easy availability, children purchased kites and violated the ban not only on rooftops but even on roads. The local social, political and religious circles have demanded the government to take notice of the sheer violation of kite-flying ban and order a stern action against the violators to save public life.
Earlier City Police Officer (CPO) had said that Station House Officer (SHO) concerned would be held accountable for the violation of the ban on kite flying. Meanwhile, police claimed to have arrested 20 kite flying ban violators and recovered over 620 kites and 26 kite flying string rolls.
Gungmandi police held Tahir for having seven kites and two string rolls. Pirwadhai police netted Arshad with 245 kites. Sadiqabad police also recovered 156 kites from Danial, a kite seller.
Westridge police rounded up Sartaj for carrying 11 kites and two string rolls.
R.A.Bazar police seized 190 kites and eight string rolls from Raheel. Saddar Baroni police arrested Talha, a kite flyer. Civil Line police also booked a kite flyer namely Sajjad. Airport police nabbed Etasham and others and recovered nine kites. Other ban violators were also sent behind the bars.—APP

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