LAHORE   -  A newly married 24 years old man died after the string of a stray kite slit his throat open in Iqbal Town area here on Thursday. The deceased, identified as Daniyal, was a resident of Shairanwali Kothi, Samanabad. His wedding ceremony held two days ago. Yesterday, he along with his wife, Lubna, was travelling on a motorcycle when the string of a stray kite cut his throat. As a result, he sustained critical injuries and was rushed to Farooq Hospital where he breathed his last. His body was shifted to a mortuary after medico-legal formalities by police. Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar sought a report from the Inspector General of Police about the incident. He directed the police chief to take stern action against the negligent officials and ensure strict implementation of the kite flying ban. Meanwhile, the deputy superintendent of police (DSP) and the station house officer (SHO) of Iqbal Town were suspended. The chief minister ordered a departmental action against both of them and also warned other police officers of legal action if kite flying took place in the areas of their jurisdiction. “The police should take an inflexible action against the kite flyers as lip-service will not be tolerated anymore,” he cautioned and extended sympathies to the bereaved family of Daniyal. Meanwhile, Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Fayyaz Ahmed Dev also took notice of the incident and sought a report from the DIG (operations). He also expressed his grief over the loss of a precious human life, directing the police officers to strictly implement the ban on kite flying.

The CCPO also ordered a stern action against the manufacturers and sellers of kites. “No one can be allowed to play with human lives,” he stated.

He also appealed to the parents to keep their children from flying kites, asking the people not to let their roofs used for the illegal play.