No Basant In Lahore, Violations Of Kite Flying Act Will Be Dealt With Strictly: CCPO Kamyana

No Basant In Lahore, Violations Of Kite Flying Act Will Be Dealt With Strictly: CCPO Kamyana
Capital City Police Officer Lahore Additional IG Bilal Siddique Kamyana has categorically warned that Lahore police will not allow any activities of kite flying in the provincial capital, in wake of rumours of celebrating Basant, spread by some miscreants. "There will be no Basant at all as kite flying is not a sport but a deadly activity which has caused the deaths of a number of precious human lives in the past," said Bilal Siddique Kamyana.

He issued orders to intensify the crackdown drive against any violation of Kite Flying Act and said that there was zero tolerance on kite flying and Lahore Police would take strict and indiscriminate action against any violations, lodging FIRs immediately and sending the accused to jails as they have buckled up against the kite flyers, sellers and manufacturers. CCPO Lahore Bilal Siddique Kamiana, on Saturday was presiding over a high level meeting at the Capital City Police Headquarters. DIG Operations Afzal Ahmad Kausar, SSP Operations Sohaib Ashraf, all Divisional SPs, SP Dolphin Squad Zohaib Ranjha and other senior police officers attended the meeting.

Bilal Siddique Kamyana reviewed the ongoing countermeasures of the Lahore Police against the violations of Kite flying Act and directed the Divisional SPs to intensify the crackdown. During the implementation of section 144 on the violation of kite flying act across the province on the instructions of the caretaker chief minister of Punjab, the special teams of Lahore police took strict action against kite flyers, sellers and manufacturers and arrested as many as 187 accused during last 24 hours.

According to the spokesman of Lahore Police, 143 kite-flyers and 34 kite-sellers were arrested during the special anti- kite flying campaign, while as many as 7366 kites, 276 wheel strings and a large amount of kite manufacturing material was also recovered from the arrested accused persons. He directed the divisional SPs to continue the crackdown against kite-flyers, sellers and manufacturers under their supervision. Bilal Siddique Kamyana directed to conduct intelligence-based operations and arrest the accused with previous records.

The CCPO also directed to initiate an awareness campaign and make announcements through masajids and in markets and bazars to inform the citizens about the dangers of flying kites. Additional IG Bilal Siddique Kamyana further directed to take action against any possible transportation of kites and stings from other districts to Lahore as well as online sale and purchase of kites and strings on social media should also be checked. Police personnel should keep an eye on kite flyers from the rooftops of high-rise buildings, especially at night, and use drone technology as well to prevent kite flyers in thickly populated and contested areas.

The meeting was informed that so far this year, 1474 accused have been arrested and 1466 cases have been registered against them for violation of kite flying act, while more than 15,000 kites, 1698 sting rolls and huge amount of kite making material has been recovered from the possession of the accused.