Rawalpindi - Police have established observation posts at tall buildings to track the kite flyers and those doing aerial firing in jubilation during Basant.

The cops deputed at the observation posts have also been provided with night vision goggles to keep a vigil on the violators, informed police spokesman yesterday.

According to him, the Punjab government has banned kite flying while the parents should bar their children from this activity.

On the other hand, CPO Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi arrived at Rawalpindi Press Club where he monitored the function of drones flown into the air to detect kite sellers and flyers in the city.

On the occasion, National Press Club Senior Joint Secretary Iqbal Malik, President Crime and Court Reporters Association Rawalpindi (CCRAR) Syed Sultan Shah and other members were also present.

Talking to media persons, CPO Abbasi said that the kite flying was banned in the city and strict action would be taken against the kite dealers and flyers. He said that police have launched a special drive against the kite dealers and kite flyers and have arrested some 600 violators so far from different parts of the city. “We have seized more than 70,000 kites and string rolls during raids while cases have also been registered against the violators,” the CPO said. He said that police would take every possible step to stop kite flying in the city.

The CPO warned the police officers not to sell the confiscated kites or else strict departmental action would be taken against them.

On a query, Abbasi replied that he ordered DSPs to take action against the officials of police stations Banni and Ganjmandi after reports emerged that some cops were involved in selling kites.

Meanwhile, Saddar Bairooni police arrested 5 notorious drug peddlers, including two ladies, and recovered 8.86-kg hashish from their possession.

Police registered cases against the drug peddlers under section 9C/CNSA while a court of law sent the accused to Adiala Jail on judicial remand for 14 days, informed station house officer (SHO) of police station Saddar Bairooni, Malik Muhammad Yar while talking to The Nation yesterday.

He said that following the instructions of City Police Officer (CPO) Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi, police accelerated action against exploding business of narcotics in the precincts of Saddar Barooni police station.

Sharing further details, Malik Muhammad Yar said that a police party was on routine patrolling on Chakri Road when they spotted a notorious drug peddler Farhat Hussain Kazmi, son of Syed Nazar Hussain Kazmi, of Hayyal village selling hashish.

The police party held him and recovered 2,350 grams of hashish from his possession. Similarly, another raid at Mandi Mohalla led to arrest of a lady smuggler Gull Zareen alias Gullo, he said adding that police recovered 1050 grams hashish from her possession.

Police rounded up another drug peddler Ghulam Raza at Lakhan Morr with recovery of 1030 grams hashish, the SHO added. Yar mentioned that police nabbed another lady drug peddler Fiza Bibi, wife of Sajad Haider, of Hayyal Sharif area during an action at Biscuit Factory Chowk and seized 2,280 grams hashish from her possession. Tahir Mehmood of Ranyal was arrested by police on charges of carrying 2,150 grams hashish. Cases against all the drug peddlers were registered and a court of law sent them to jail on judicial remand, the SHO Muhammad Yar informed.

On the other hand, police during a campaign against the anti-social elements arrested 10 accused and recovered narcotics, illegal arms and liquor from their possession.

Separately, police carried out a search operation within the limits of police station Pirwadhai and held 22 suspects, informed police spokesman yesterday.

The search operation was conducted on instructions of city police officer and supervised by SP Malik Muhammad Iqbal, he said. According to him, police conducted search operation at Pirwadhai bus terminal and its adjoining areas and checked some 35 hotels and 250 people were also interrogated. He added that police took 22 suspects into custody after they failed to prove their identity.