Rawalpindi - More than 62 people, including children, sustained multiple injuries in kite-flying related incidents here on Friday.

Police kept on raiding and rounding up the kite sellers and flyers throughout the day. The raids were conducted across the city on special instructions of City Police Officer (CPO) Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi.

All the injured were shifted to three teaching hospitals where doctors told condition of one victim, whose throat was slashed by metal twine, critical. The influx of the victims in kite-flying related incidents forced the doctors to request media to urge the government to come out from deep slumber and launch crackdown against kite sellers to stop this blood game.

Earlier during Basant night on Thursday, a young man Ahmed Khan died after falling from the rooftop in the limits of Waris Khan whereas two other people reportedly got injured. Among injured, 14 sustained bullet wounds, sources said.

According to sources, the residents of Rawalpindi celebrated Basant in almost every nook and corner of the city by using metal string and resorting to aerial firing. As a result, some 61 people got injured. Talking to The Nation, Dr Muhammad Shafiq, DMS Emergency District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ), said that he received 40 injured people. Out of 40 people, five were injured by stray bullets while string slashed the throats of 25 others. “We are trying our best to provide medical treatment to the injured,” he added.

CMH Holy Family Hospital Dr Usama said that some 20 injured people have been brought to the emergency department and out of them 8 sustained bullet injuries being fired by kite flyers whereas the string cut the throats of rest of the patients.

Dr Zafar, DMS Emergency at BBH, was of view that a boy’s throat was cut critically and he was being operated. Similarly, many patients who were injured due to twine or bullet were shifted to private clinics, sources said.

On the other hand, the citizens kept on flying kites the whole day amid police raids and arrests in several localities. The aerial firing incidents were reported from Banni, Raja Bazaar, Bhabra Bazaar, City Saddar Road, Asghar Mall Scheme, Commercial, Sadiqabad, Dhoke Kala Khan, Bandh Khana Road, Benazir Bhutto Road, Waris Khan, Committee Chowk, Hazara Colony, Saddar, Kashmir Road, Tench, Dispensary Ground, Gulshan-e-Zaheer, Chungi Number 22, Bakra Mandi, Dhoke Syedan, Tulsa, Dheri, Lal Kurti, Morgah, Adyala Road and many other areas. Fir work was also used during Basant.

On the CPO’s instructions, Rawalpindi police adopted zero-tolerance towards violators as hundreds of people were held with recovery of thousands of kites and twines, weapons and sound systems.

In Sadiqabad, police booked and held four trouble creators. According to SHO RA Bazaar Muhammad Riaz, he filed 17 cases against 45 violators and also recovered 8,500 kites during raids.