Cops tighten noose around Chinese kite string sellers

The Chinese and zinc-coated thread is dangerous not only for humans but also birds flying in the sky. Once these birds came in contact with the thread, they get injured

Cops tighten noose around Chinese kite string sellers

Every year, the banned Chinese string leads to road accidents and incidents of electrocution after coming in contact with high-voltage live electric wires. - File photo

Tribune News Service

Faridkot, January 25

In their campaign against the use of Chinese string (dor) for kite flying, the district police have started taking criminal action against the shopkeepers who are violating the ban on the sale of the string here.

The police on Saturday registered a criminal case against Radhe Sham, alias Gopi, under Section 188 of the CrPC and Sections 39 and 59 of the Wildlife Protection Act and Section 15 of the Environment Protection Act.

Every year, the banned Chinese string leads to road accidents and incidents of electrocution after coming in contact with high-voltage live electric wires. The Chinese and zinc-coated thread is dangerous not only for humans but also birds flying in the sky. Once these birds came in contact with the thread, they get injured.

The district administration has put a ban on the sale and storage of Chinese and metal-zinc laced string. Kumar Saurabh Raju has asked all Sub-Divisional Magistrates (SDMs) in the district to ensure that the Chinese string was not sold. He asked all SDMs to visit the shops selling kites and thread and seize them.

On Saturday, a shopkeeper was caught selling and storing Chinese kite thread at his shop. The police recovered many spools of Chinese kite-string. In other parts of the state, a similar campaign is going on against the sale of the banned string after many accidents happened on the road.

“City roads have become unsafe as the use of Chinese string is posing a threat to two-wheelers and pedestrians,” said Kumar Saurabh Raj. Some time ago, the civil and police administration in Amritsar had swung into action after the death of a school lecturer due to a fatal cut on his neck with Chinese string when she was riding the scooter. The police had arrested over 12 kite dealers for selling the Chinese string.

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