2 kids and a man dead after killer kites slit throats

2016-08-17 15:47
An Indian kite-maker rotates a special kite-reel to wind manjha - special kite flying string prepared by coating cotton thread with a special mix of glue and ground glass. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP)

An Indian kite-maker rotates a special kite-reel to wind manjha - special kite flying string prepared by coating cotton thread with a special mix of glue and ground glass. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

New Delhi – Two children and a man have died in the Indian capital after their throats were slit by glass-covered strings used for flying kites during Independence Day celebrations, police said on Wednesday.

The tragedies prompted the Delhi government to this week issue an immediate ban on the production, sale and storage of the razor sharp strings which are used to try to cut down competitors' kites.

The government said anyone caught with the strings, known locally as 'manjha', faced a five-year jail term as well as a 100 000 rupee (about R20 000) fine.

The children, aged four and six, died in separate incidents in New Delhi on Monday after they looked out of the sunroof of their cars.

'Deadly threads'

"The children were looking out of the sunroofs when they entangled in the deadly threads," Pushpender Kumar, west Delhi's deputy police commissioner, told AFP.

A 22-year-old man also died in the same way while he was riding his motorbike on a flyover in the capital, another officer said.

No one has been arrested over the deaths.

Another five-year-old child and a policeman were badly injured in other incidents involving the strings, reports have said.

Kite flying is hugely popular on Independence Day, with the sky dotted with kites often painted in the colours of the Indian flag and attached to long strings.

The Delhi High Court last week directed the city government to raise awareness of the dangers of the strings, saying there had been a raft of deaths in recent years in Delhi and two neighbouring states.

Some states have already banned such strings following accidents.

Read more on:    india

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
 

5 scientific benefits of owning a cat

According to science, just the act of watching cats itself can bring about positive emotions – so it comes as no surprise then, that owning a cat has a number of benefits.

 

Paws

Why we love cats
8 great natural remedies for your pet
How to clean your dog’s eyes
This special pooch inspired his brother to learn to stand again
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.