The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the directors general of police (DGPs) of Punjab and Haryana to issue orders to all station house officers (SHOs) in the two states to immediately conduct raids and seize stocks of Chinese kite string from traders who might be storing or selling such string.
The HC also directed all deputy commissioners in both states to conduct a ‘munadi’ (proclamation by beating of the drum) in the areas under their jurisdiction to make people aware about the dangers of using Chinese string for kite-flying.
The directions came during resumed hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by advocate HC Arora, seeking action by Punjab and Haryana to ensure prosecution of all traders who were selling Chinese string.
The petitioner on Tuesday submitted before the court that at least three more accidents due to entanglement with Chinese string had taken place in Punjab during the past week.
Following the submissions, the HC bench comprising justices SK Mittal and Deepak Sibal called the advocates general (AGs) of both states and adjourned the matter for a while. Later, during the resumed hearing, apprised the two AGs regarding the gravity of the issue raised in the PIL and the apprehension of many more accidents with Chinese string taking place in the coming days due to the advent of the Basant season, when people fly kites to celebrate Basant Panchami.
Haryana AG BR Mahajan told the court that the government had issued an order to the top brass in districts, directing them to issue orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), 1973, for prohibiting storage and sale of Chinese string for a period of three months.
Punjab AG Ashok Aggarwal submitted that the state home department had extended the period of ban against the storage and sale of Chinese string for another six months with effect from January 15.
Both states have been directed to file a compliance report within 10 days.