New Year's night: Over 30 injured in aerial firing in Lahore

Police also arrested 23 accursed on charges of use of firearms


Our Correspondent January 02, 2019
Dolphin Force squad passes through the Mall during New Year’s celebration. PHOTO: ONLINE

LAHORE: At least 34 people, including a woman and a child, were injured in incidents of aerial firing on New Year Night.

As many as 11 victims were admitted to Mayo Hospital, eight in Lahore General Hospital, seven in Jinnah Hospital, four in Services Hospital and two in Ganga Ram Hospital.

As the clock turned to the first day of the year, groups of bikers came on roads. They started wheelies and eve-teasing. People also resorted to aerial firing in different parts of the city.

Police had made strict security arrangements on the eve of New Year, said DIG Operations Spokesperson. DIG Operations Lahore Muhammad Waqas Nazir had directed all divisional SPs to remain in the field and ensure implementation on the devised security plan under their own supervision.

At least 12 injured by aerial firing on New Year’s Eve in Karachi

Accordingly, stringent security arrangements were made on the New Year night. As many as 3,816 motorbikes were checked during search operations on different pickets and 344 motorcycles were seized due to incomplete documents. Lahore police arrested as many as 40 people for their alleged involvement in aerial firing in different areas of the city. Special contingents of Dolphin Squad and PRU were deployed on main roads of the city that ensured regular and effective patrolling. Due to the security arrangements of Lahore police, no untoward incident occurred in the city and law and situation remained in control.

Lahore Police also arrested 23 accused persons on the charges of use of firearms.

Meanwhile, Punjab Highway Patrol (PHP) registered 307 cases against commuters who paid no heads to traffic rules, arrested seven under violation of sound system act, apprehended six gamblers and recovered Rs10,710 in cash and arrested nine drunker.

Patrolling police registered 307 cases against traffic violators who paid no heed to traffic rules. While seized 100 motorcycles for using fake registration or green number plates. PHP team registered seven cases against sound system violators. Furthermore, PHP team arrested 88 culprits on fixing prohibited gas cylinders.

In Faisalabad City, Traffic Police booked 28 wheelies on New Year night for violating traffic rules. The traffic wardens also impounded 611 motorcycles in various traffic sectors during a crackdown against one wheelie on New Year night, a traffic police spokesman said on Tuesday. He said cases against youngsters were also registered at various police stations for violating traffic rules. He urged parents to keep a vigilant eye on their children and play their due role to stop them from this dangerous activity.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 2nd, 2019.

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