The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday directed the education departments of Punjab and Haryana to educate children in government and private schools during morning assemblies about the dangers of Chinese kite string.
The direction came from a division bench during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation seeking action by Punjab and Haryana to ensure prosecution of all traders who were selling Chinese string.
The petitioner had argued that the string was a good conductor of electricity, and many children, who were flying kites by using the string had died of electrocution when the string touched the high transmission wires.
During the hearing, the Haryana government filed a status report, which said three cases of storage of Chinese string had been reported in the state and 288 rolls had been seized. The Haryana government also told the court that all deputy commissioners had been directed to ban the sale of Chinese string for three months and review the ban every third month.
It also told the high court that station house officers (SHOs) in the state had been asked to conduct frequent raids and take action against those found selling or storing the string.
The Punjab government is yet to file a status report on the high court directions.
Earlier this month, the high court had directed directors general of police of Punjab and Haryana to issue orders to all SHOs in the two states to immediately conduct raids and seize stocks of Chinese string in both states and to conduct a ‘munadi’ (proclamation by beating of the drum) in areas under their jurisdiction to make people aware of the dangers of use of Chinese string.
Haryana produces report
The Haryana government on Thursday produced a report in the court saying the Chinese string is a bad conductor of electricity. The government, following the court orders, had got the string examined at the state forensic laboratory, Madhuban, Karnal. The report says, “It is not metallic and not a good conductor of electricity. It appeared to be coated with some material like thin glass powder, which is invisible, making it extra-corrosive.”