321 kite-flyers held in a crackdown against metal-wire use

A report coming from GEO Pakistan News – Geo.tv states that 321 people have been arrested in Lahore, Pakistan. The arrests come after months of kite bans and many deaths, injuries and power cuts caused by kite flying. The people being held were arrested under section 279 and are implicated in either using or manufactureing Manja (kite string rolled in glass) and sharp kite line made from steel wire.

GEO Pakistan News – Geo.Tv writes

LAHORE: The police here booked 321 kite-flyers under section 279 and arrested them in a crackdown launched here against the use of razor sharp kite cords rolled in powdered glass or made of steel cut electricity wires.

SSP Operations, Aamir Zulfiqar told that the police in a drive against the manufacture, sale and use of razor sharp kite cords rolled in powdered glass today arrested 71 persons by registering 60 cases in Cantt Division, 94 in 85 cases in City Division, 49 in 50 cases in Saddar Division and 107 accused in 84 cases in Model Town Division. Police also recovered during this operation 700 spools of steel and glass edged wires, sharp cord making tools, chemicals etc.

SSP told that the police would immediately be raiding any rooftop from where aerial firings would be witnessed or any one found using steel and glass edged cords. He told that the compliance of the Supreme Court orders would be ensured on the occasion of Basant and 4,000 security personnel would be performing their duties, while 800 police officers and functionaries in civvies would be posted at key-points of the city in this regard. Besides 16 vehicles of elite force, 26 of Mujahid squad and 52 motorcycles riding police men would be taking rounds of different areas of the city for guarding the implementation of the rules of the kite-flying game as well as its violation by aerial firing, if any.

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GEO Pakistan News – Geo.tv