In the wake of deaths due to manjha, Delhi Police Thursday issued prohibitory orders banning the storage, sale and use of the “metal-coated” thread all across the national capital.
“Prohibitory orders issued by Delhi Police under Section 144 CrPC will come into effect immediately and remain in force till October 16. Any person found violating the order will be punished,” said Delhi Police PRO Rajan Bhagat.
In the last three days, two children and 21-year-old man died of injuries caused by manjha. Four others, including a Delhi Police sub-inspector, were injured.
According to police, the new type of manjha, with metallic-powder coating, is not only strong but also a good conductor of electricity.
“Due to a fine metal coating, wherever such manjha entangles/comes in contact with overhead electricity cables, including high voltage lines, electric current runs through the manjha. As a result, the kite flyer and passersby could end up being electrocuted. It can also cause disruption in power supply,” said Bhagat.
The Delhi government too invoked emergency powers in issuing prohibitory orders on manjha.
The order issued by Divisional Commissioner A Anbarasu under Section 133, read with Section 142, of the CrPC, bans the manufacturing, trading and use of any string coated with powdered glass, metal, or any other similar property for a period of one month.