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Motorcyclist injured by kite string

KURIANWALA:

A young man riding a motorcycle was injured by kite string in the Mansoorabad area.
According to the police, Saif Ali, son of Aslam, was riding a motorcycle near Shamsabad in the precinct of Mansoorabad police station when his throat was slashed by kite string. He was going somewhere from Nishatabad when the incident took place near Fajr Palace.
He was rushed to a hospital, but discharged immediately after medical aid.
Accidents caused by kite flying have reportedly left a youth dead and at least seven other people injured during the ongoing year in Faisalabad but the police have not registered any case.
A day earlier, a young man was severely injured in Millat Town after kite string slit his nose.
A motorcyclist died earlier in the year after he lost control over his vehicle due to an injury caused by kite string and it hit a road divider near Sayin Darbar in Ghulam Muhammadabad.
Other victims suffered neck injuries near Tariqabad Bridge, Pahari Ground, Gulberg and Madina Town. However, despite launching massive crackdowns on kite flyers, Faisalabad police have failed to stop the manufacturing of metal string.
Cases of injuries and deaths caused by kite string take place across Punjab despite government efforst to curb them.
On May 12, two other motorbike riders were injured due to kite string in the provincial capital.
One of the victims identified as Tariq was riding a motorcycle near Muslim Town Flyover when a kite string came in his way. It left a deep cut on his shoulder and the victim fell down on the ground. He suffered serious injuries and was shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The other case was reported in Factory Area on Walton Road. The victim Naeem, 22, was also riding a motorcycle. When he reached Walton Road, a kite string ran over his neck. The victim suffered injuries and was shifted to a nearby hospital.
Lahore police chief Ghulam Mehmood Dogar took notice of the incidents.
On May 12, a young man riding a motorcycle was killed after a kite string slit his throat in in Faisalabad.
Reportedly, the victim was coming to Faisalabad for shopping when the incident took place.
According to the police report, a resident of suburb village Chak No 647GB, 25-year-old Muhammad Asif alias Atif, the son of Mushtaq, was on his way to Faisalabad from his village Landianwala on his motorcycle when a kite string cut his neck, injuring him near Tezab Mill Chowk, Allahwali Mosque, Guddiwala area.
The victim fell on the road from his motorcycle and was tormented on the road for a prolonged period. The youth eventually died on the spot.
Rescue 15 was informed by passersby on the spot after which Madina Town SP Rizwan Tariq, People’s Colony DSP Tauseef Khan and People’s Colony SHO Sub Inspector Taswar Ramzan and Madina Town SHO Mian Wajid Hussain reached the spot.
They took the body of the deceased motorcyclist to the mortuary unit of Allied Hospital Faisalabad for postmortem. Police also launched an operation against kite flying.
People’s Colony SHO said a kite string cut the throat of the motorcyclist in the jurisdiction of Saddar police station. As a result of the incident, the youth fell off the two-wheeler near the mosque in People’s Colony and suffered injuries until he eventually breathed his last.
The People’s Colony SHO further said, “We are taking action against the menace of kite flying in the city.”
Reportedly, police crackdowns against the deadly sport had taken place in the city several times. However, despite the police actions, kite flying could not be stopped in Faisalabad.
In the same city, as many as four teenagers fell from the roofs and eventually died while flying kites in the jurisdictions of People’s Colony police station, Batala Colony police station, Dijkot police station and Jaranwala City police station.
Police, however, remained unsuccessful in curbing the rising incidents of death and injury caused by kite flying practices in the city.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 31st, 2021.

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