LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif took notice of a deadly kite-flying incident that left a two-year-old dead in Lahore, Express News reported on Sunday.
The deceased girl – N* – was decapitated when a kite string, laced with sharp powdered glass, wound around her neck and sliced through the toddler.
The incident killed the girl and also injured the girl's father, brother and a cousin who were all riding a motorbike.
The deceased and the injured were taken to the Punjab Social Security Hospital, where the brother – who was severely injured – was taken inside an operation theatre.
The chief minister has ordered an inquiry into the matter.
The Punjab Prohibition of Kite Flying (Amendment) Bill, 2009 forbids committing or abetting the act of kite flying and/or manufacture and sale of kites. The law was enacted due to frequent instances of injuries, and in some cases death, connected to kite flying.
According to the law barring kite-flying, the SHO of the area is held responsible if such incidents take place. However, as Express News reported, no action has been taken against the SHO of the area where this incident occurred as yet.
The kite thread called manja is a coarse string which is glued, coloured and coated with powdered glass.