IGP Punjab seeks enhanced punishments for kite flying
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Inspector General of Police Punjab Shoaib Dastgir Thursday wrote to the Punjab government to enhance the punishments and fines for those who break the ban on kite flying.
In a letter sent to Additional Chief Secretary (Home), the IG Punjab suggests tightening the rules by increasing punishments and fines for saving of precious human lives by kite flying so that such law violators involved in dangerous game and business may be clinched by their necks.
It has further been said in the letter that kite and string manufacturers should be awarded imprisonment form one year to five years with a fine of Rs0.5milllion to Rs2million or both.
Likewise, for selling of kites and strings, there should be imprisonment of one year to five years whereas fine should be from Rs200,000 to Rs500,000 or both punishments together.
Whereas upon violation of law by kite flying, imprisonment should be from three months to one year and fine should be from Rs50,000 to Rs100,000 or both.
It has been suggested in the letter that FIA Cyber Crime Wing should be directed for taking actions against individuals involved in the online business of kite flying through Facebook and websites whereas services of the Federal Board Of Revenue and Ministry Of Commerce should be sought for banning the import of raw materials required for manufacturing of metallic string.
The IGP said that easy bail procedure given in already existent laws of kite flying along with low conviction rate in punishment and fine, absence of legal action for online selling and buying of kites and metallic strings have caused an increase in kite flying by which despite strict actions by the police, sad incidents are occurring.
In the letter, details of actions undertaken by Lahore police in the first six months of the current year against kite flying have also been shared.
The IGP said it is the top priority of the Punjab Police to provide safety to precious lives of the citizens by ensuring the strict ban on manufacturing of kites and its metallic string, its selling, buying and usage.
In this regard, steps under comprehensive strategic are being taken with effective use of available resources so that no family of citizen could face the grief of his separation due to this dangerous game. He said that police teams in all over the districts are regularly undertaking operations to eliminate kite flying and under the zero-tolerance policy, actions are being taken against law violators who are involved in the kite and metallic string manufacturing, selling and buying and its use.
He added that besides timely actions and steps by police, it is mandatory to tighten the rules by enhancing punishments and amount of fines for the elimination of kite flying.
Copy of letter issued by central police office has also been sent to Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Punjab and Chief Secretary Punjab.