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Kite flying on I-Day Eve: Chinese manjha claims another biker's life in Delhi

NEW DELHI, Aug 13: In a second incident of its kind in a fortnight, a biker was killed by Chinese manjha, a glass-coated kite string, in Delhi on Thursday. The sale, purchase and use of manjha was banned in the national Capital in 2016 but it is still freely available. Several innocent lives have been lost in the recent past with the victims, especially bikers, getting entangled in the freely suspended stray strings coming across traffic lanes.

Vipin Kumar, 35, of Rajdhani Park in Nangloi in Outer Delhi, was going on his bike to meet his sister in Loni to celebrate Raksha Bandhan, with his wife and daughters behind him on the pillion, on Thursday afternoon. Speeding on the Shastri Park flyover in northeast Delhi, a sharp, stray string slit his throat. He was taken to the trauma centre in Civil Lines where he was declared dead due to profuse bleeding.

Vipin Kumar, a bread supplier, is survived by his wife Annu and daughters - Siya, 12, Radhika, 10, and Shruti, 7. His brother-in-law, Sachin, said, “The manjha was so strong that even though Vipin wrestled with it, he couldn’t break it. Instead he cut his hands too,” reported Times.

The police said legal action is being taken.

A fortnight ago, a 30-year-old motorcyclist had died after a kite string slit his throat on the Haiderpur flyover in north-west Delhi.

As per the notification of the Delhi Government, those engaged in sale, purchase, use, possession of Chinese manjha face a fine of Rs 1 lakh or imprisonment up to five years or both.

Unfortunately, the incident happened even as the Government made an announcement early this week banning kite flying in the run-up to Independence Day celebrations on August 15, although the order was for security reasons and not specifically to save lives from the danger posed by Chinese manjha.

Chinese manjha is the kite string coated with finely crushed glass or metals. As it does not break easily, it is sought after by kite flyers. Kite flying is common during festivals, especially around Independece Day.

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