Despite the ban on the use of ‘Manja’ threads in Chennai, after several mishaps. Few kite flyers still use the Manja thread to fly the kites which results in harmful injuries.
Recently, Three people in Chennai underwent treatment in Stanley hospital, for injuries that were caused due to the Manja thread. Although the three incidents took place in 3 different areas within a short span of 2 days. The Chennai police hunted down several areas and seized at least 200 kites along with huge Manja threads. Almost 150 flyers overall the city were arrested, who were using Manja to fly the kites.
Manja is a coated kite flying thread where cotton is used in making the Manja thread.
According to the reports by the Chennai police, The first incident took place in Madhavaram on Saturday afternoon, where the victim Madhavan (32) of Chintadripet was returning home on his two-wheeler from work when a Manja thread dangling in the air slit his neck and he fell on the road along with his bike on the GNT Road near Madhavaram police station. Later he was rushed to Stanley hospital and got 13 stitches on his neck and is reportedly stable now.
The second incident happened in Ennore where Ramani, a 35-year-old woman who works in a textile shop was returning from work to home with her friend Revathi on a bike when a Manja thread slit her neck and she suffered a deep cut injury on her neck and also sustained a fracture on her right hand while Revathi got minor injuries. Both of them were taken to the Stanley Government Hospital. Ramani is still in a critical condition and Revathi suffered minor injuries, said the police officer from Tiruvottiyur.
The third incident was also held in Madhavaram, Purushottam who was also injured in a similar manner while he was riding the bike, on the way to Tiruvottiyur to purchase fish on Saturday evening.
It’s noted that due to Manja thread mishaps which took place in 3 different areas within 2 days. On Saturday, The Police team arranged a surprise raid at Madhavaram, Washermenpet, and Flower Bazaar which led to the seizure of about 200 kites, 5 spools of Manja thread, and the arrest of 150 kite flyers.
Recently, a police couple suffered major injuries where a Manja thread slit the husband’s neck and they both fell on Padi flyover after which Villivakkam inspector Rajeesh Babu was transferred. Though there’s a ban to sell the kites in the city, the online sale of kites still remains rampant.
Kite flying is prescribed under section 71 of the Chennai City Police act, and the order also criminalizes manufacture, providing supplies for its manufacture, stocking, sale, import, and use of Manja or other similar threads.