LAHORE - Punjab Government has decided to not spare police and administration officers who are found neglecting their duties towards implementing the ban on kite flying in the province.

After recent incident of throat slitting of two persons in Faisalabad, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday suspended two DSPs and four SHOs.

They include DSP Mughalpura and DSP Badami Bagh besides SHO Mughalpura Husnain Ali Malik, SHO Shalimar Shabbir Awan, SHO Barki Ghulam Abbas and SHO Badami Bagh Muhammad Ashfaq. Show cause notices have also been issued to them.

The Chief Minister has also passed special directions to the Inspector General Police Punjab to adopt all preventive measure against kite flying in the province and take stern action against the officers who ignore their duties towards checking this fatal activity. The IG has been directed to lay hand on the violators without considering political affiliations or social statuses adding that police favouring violators would also be taken to task.

Sources say that the district administration throughout the province has also been directed to play an effective role to ensure execution of the ban.

It has been decided that action would not be taken against kite flyers but owner of house. Sources say that the government is also mulling legislation to make kite flying exercise non-bailable offence as well as expeditious hearing of the relevant cases before the of law and to award exemplary punishment. Sources further say a committee of the Punjab parliamentarians is also being formed to monitor implementation of the ban.

Previously the government had decided to allow kite flying in limited area of Changa Manga from February 21 to March 5 as part of the spring festivities but seeing through the fact that this activity was still not safe, it withdrew kite flying from its proceedings. Now the government has started campaign against kite flying on much serious note particularly after Faisalabad and Lahore incidents. Sources say that the police may plant informers in the areas in Lahore and other parts where ban on kite flying is blatantly infringed.

It may be mentioned that ban on kite flying was clamped down in the country under the supreme court directions in the year 2006 when the media reported many incidents of death of the innocent people, particularly children. The court had directed the Punjab government, to legislate on this sport to make its hazards free even if it had to allow it anyway. But it did not work and the use of deadly material in this activity continued which obliged the court and the government to put a permanent restriction on kite flying.