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19 killed, Over 200 injured in Basant-related incidents

07 February, 2005

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LAHORE, February 07 (Online): Nineteen people, mostly children and teenagers, have been killed and more than 200 injured in Basant-related incidents in Lahore on Sunday. Two children and a youth had already died and over 300 sustained injuries during the Basant night celebrations on Saturday.

The Basant, marking the start of spring, began on Saturday evening with thousands of revellers perched on rooftops. The festivities, including kite flying, continued till late Sunday night amid chants of "Bo Kata" as rival kites went down. The victory was celebrated with drumbeats, the bursting of firecrackers and often firing in the air.

At least two youth died from stray bullets. They included, Mehran Shah, 15, of Gawalmandi and Noman, 16, Mozang area. Besides, at least eight people died after falling from the rooftops of their houses. They included Bilal Ibrahim, 20, (Main Market, Gulberg); Ashraf (Yohunnabad); Azmat, 20, (Iqbal Town); Awais, (Kot Lakhpat); Ali Haider, 7, (Model Town); Nasir Ali, 9, (Kot Lakhpat); and Aslam, 18, (Rang Mahal). A girl, Kashaf, died, when she also fell from the rooftop of her house after her throat was slit by a twine.

One Arif, 30, was electrocuted after being trapped by a metallic twine of a stray kite, which was entangled with live electric wires. He died on the spot. A number of casualties were caused during the looting of stray kites, as the running enthusiasts were run over by vehicles. They included Zulfiqar, 25, (Gujarpura); Akbar, 27, (Badami Bagh); Asif, 8, (Rajgarh); Afzal, 9, (Garhi Shahu); Auranzeb, 12; Jehangir, and one unidentified.

A 40-year-old man Mohammad Riaz died of poisonous liquor in Islampura, while celebrating Basant. According to Mayo Hospital sources, at least 130 injured were taken to the hospital, out of whom, 54 had received bullet wounds. Condition of 86 was stated to be critical.

The 1122 Rescue Service took at least 24 persons to different hospitals with throat slit injuries. However, the Lahore police claimed that at least six people lost their lives in the city of which two got bullet wounds, two were electrocuted and the other two received fatal injuries due to twine.

The police registered 103 cases on different charges and recovered 55 kites, 16 string rolls, 79 twine rolls, two Mausers, 10 pistols and 15 bullets. Meanwhile, families flocked to the rooftops of their residences to enjoy the Basant. Special drumbeaters were hired for the event. Each fall of the kites was celebrated with drum beating and loud screams of "Bo Kata", besides aerial firing. For the kite flyers the sky was illuminated with lights using powerful electric torches. Food stalls were put up on the rooftops.

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Reader Comments:

From Basant to Madness

What away to go? all who are dead now.And those Who are going to die next year and year after,,,,,,Bullits,Guns,What a culture, Are we proud of it or shameful.I leave this matter to the readers. Thank you

Ajaz Majid, Solomon Islands - 08 February, 2005

Unless son or a grand of..dies 22 people and little girl will keep continue dying

22 people died in the Basant madness in Lahore. Aouria Maqbool Jan who writes in daily Jang has mentioned a 5 year boy was sitting on the motorcycle petrol tank. His father was driving the motorcycle while mother was sitting behind carrying one and a half year old girl in her lap. The happy family was going some where. The 5 year boy was too happy on this outing and was talking about her little sitting behind. A few minutes later the same 5 year old boy was taking her same sister now dead, blooding runner from her cut throat, on the same motorcycle to Hospital. A kite's dour had cut her throat. None of these 22 dead and the throat cut baby was from family of any Governor, of any chief minister, of any chief secretary, of any high court judge, of any mohtasib, of any minister. There would be more dead next year and then next year. More each year government will put its blessings on Basant more would increase yearly dead bodies. This will only stop the day when a son or a grandchild of a chief minister, of a chief secretary, of a high court judge, of a Governor, of a home secretary died due to Basant. It is similar children keep dying with chock throats eating Shahi supari, super supari but no body bans these suparis despite the known fact it is causing mouth cancer. The day a son or a grandson of a judge, of a chief secretary, of a minister, of a mohtasib, of a health secretary died, same day all types of suparis will be banned whole of the Pakistan.



Jaffary, Pakistan - 16 February, 2005

this is very dangerous for society.it should be condemed.

usman, Pakistan - 08 March, 2006

FESTIVALS


I HOPE YOU WILL CONCENTARATE ON MY MAIL AS I WILL TALK ABOUT HEAVY ISSUE WHICH IS TOTALLY NEGLECTED TO DISCUSS ON ANY MEDIA ...

THE COUNTRY CONDITIONS DUE TO POLITICS AND THE NEW FOREIGN CURRENCY ISSUES HAS GIVEN A BAD IMPACT, NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY . THE PAKISTANI CITIZENS ARE SUFFERING FROM UNFORGETTABLE CRISIS .
ABOVE ALL, WE ARE UNABLE TO DRAG ANY INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MAN TO INVEST THEIR MONEY IN PAKISTAN AND THEREFORE , THE PAKISTANI FAMILIES ARE AFARID TO FLY IN PAKISTAN. THE RATIO OF CRIMES ARE INCREASING DAY BY DAY DUE TO UNSUCCESSFUL STRATEGIES OF GOVERNMENT.

ON A LARGE SCALE, WE SHOULD DESIGN SUCH DEVICES TO ELMINATE THE CAUSE OF THESE ABOVE ISSUES.
APART FROM , WE ARE DEMINSHING OUR FESTIVALS WHICH WE STRONGLY HOLD BY POOR ADMINSTRATION ...WE ARE DELETING OUR HISTORY FOREVER BY BANNING ON FESTIVALS . WE COULD USE THESE FESTIVALS FOR BETTER GROWTH OF ECONOMY AND TO VANISH THE BAD IMPACT ON US INTERNATIONALLY...IF WE COULD.....

THE FESTIVALS WHICH NEED PROMOTION ARE :

1) BASANT FESTIVAL
2) FLOWER FESTIVAL

AND TO CREATE SUCH ATTARCTION IN FESTIVALS THAT HUGE MASS DO VISIT IN PAKISTAN INTERNATIONALLY .

PLEASE DO SOMETHING FOR THE SAKE OF PAKISTAN.

I HOPE YOU WILL UNDERSTAND AND I ANTICIPATE SOMETHING WOULD BE DONE FOR BETTER AND MUCH BETTER FUTURE OF PAKISTAN . ..

THANKYOU,

A FAITHFUL PAKISTANI


adeel, Pakistan - 16 November, 2008

no this is not like that

evwry thin must have its pro`s and con`s basant festival holds such importance in our culture that we should not ban the festival instead the administrationshould plan such devices to control any accidentscaused by basant festival. we alwaysblame on our government for accidents ..the citizens should take safety measurements for only 2 days of basant . cant we people struggle to save our culture ...cant we ???

adeel, Pakistan - 16 November, 2008

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