Pakistani boy jailed for stealing kite released (Lead)

February 12th, 2012 - 2:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Feb 12 (IANS) A 14-year-old boy detained by Pakistani police on charges of stealing a kite, was released after he spent a night in jail.

A sessions judge ordered the release of Arsalan, a standard eight student, held under the Kite Flying Act after he spent a night behind bars, the Geo News reported.

Arsalan, a resident of the industrial city of Gujranwala in Punjab province, was handcuffed and produced before a judicial magistrate Saturday. The court sent him to jail.

The teenager said that he looted a kite and police caught him just as he was going to his house’s roof. “Please pardon me, I will never touch any kite, my annual paper is tomorrow,” a tearful Arsalan said.

Punjab province minister for law Rana Sana intervened in the case and gave assurance for his release.

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