Two injured in kite-flying accidents in Lahore

Published: February 14, 2014
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File photo of children flying kites. PHOTO: APP/FILE

File photo of children flying kites. PHOTO: APP/FILE

LAHORE: Two people were injured in kite-flying accidents in Singhpura, Lahore, Express News reported on Friday.

Naeem was on a motorcycle and Afzal was walking in the area when the incidents occurred.

The government had imposed a ban on kite-flying in 2005 after glass-coated twine used to fly kites caused several deaths and injuries in congested neighbourhoods. Motorcyclists and their pillion were the most frequent victims.

Previous accidents

On March 7, 2013, a 12-year old boy was killed and dozens of others were injured during Basant celebrations, which continued despite a government ban on kite-flying.

A Rescue 1122 official had said Faizan, a resident of Chitian Hatian, was flying a kite on a rooftop when he got a shock from a power cable and fell to the ground and succumbed to his injuries before reaching the hospital.

Overall, the police had registered 20 cases and seized hundreds of kites along with 50 rolls of chemical-coated kite string.

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