LAHORE: Following the directives of Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, police on Monday booked at least 10 for violating the kite flying ban in its crackdown in parts Lahore.
As per details shared by the spokesperson of police, the crackdown was launched by the Saddar division police in areas of Green Town, Quaid-e-Azam Industrial State, Raiwind, Johar Town and others.
During separate actions, as many as 13 cases were registered against 10 kite flyers found disobeying the ban slapped by the provincial government of Punjab.
Last week, CM Buzdar after taking notice of the various incidents that occurred due to kite flying in various cities of the province had ordered police to take stern action against the violators.
“The ban slapped by the government should be ensured by the police,” he maintained.
He advised that best medical facilities should be provided to the people who got injured in the kite flying incidents.
Earlier in January, the Punjab government had apprised the Lahore High Court (LHC) that the provincial government had decided not to celebrate the Basant festival in the province.
The decision not to celebrate Basant festival was taken in a meeting chaired by Punjab’s Senior Minister Abdul Aleem Khan by calling it “in the interest of the public”.
The minister said four to six months are required to take preventive steps to ensure celebration of Basant in a peaceful manner.
Basant festival was banned across the province after throats of several motorcyclists and others were cut with kite flyers’ sharp glass and chemical coated strings.
In 2005, the Supreme Court had also banned the festival over deaths caused by the use of sharp and glass coated strings. Several petitions challenging the ban were dismissed by the court.