The Delhi government has banned the Chinese manja after kite string two children and a youth were killed on Independence Day separate incidents across Delhi. The Delhi government allowed kite flying with a cotton thread and natural fibre free from any metallic and glass component.
A 22-year-old man died Monday after his neck got entangled in the kite string, making him take a deadly fall from his motorcycle. The incident happened in west Delhi’s Mianwali Nagar area. In another incident, a 3-year-old girl died when she was returning home with her parents in Naraina. The girl was looking out of open sunroof in the car when suddenly her neck got slit by a manja.
“A case has been registered under section 304(A) (causing death by negligence) and we have to determine whether it was Chinese manja that took the girl’s life,” said Vijay Singh, DCP (Northwest).
A Delhi government notification said on Tuesday that the sale, production and storage of metal or glass-coated kite threads commonly called the Chinese manja would be banned in the capital.
According to the draft notification issued by Environment Secretary Chandraker Bharti, kite flying will be permissible only with a cotton thread and natural fibre free from any metallic and glass components. Violation of directions will be punishable with an imprisonment of up to five years or fine which may be extended to Rs 1 lakh or with both.
The Delhi government is not the first to ban the Chinese-made manja. In January this year, Telangana too banned Chinese kite strings for the same reason. In June, the Karnataka government to imposed a complete ban on the Chinese manja.