Jaipur: Kite-flying accidents soar, more than 100 injured

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Jan 16, 2016 14:29 IST
Kites dot the Jaipur sky on Makar Sankranti evening on Friday. (Himanshu Vyas/HT photo)

More than 100 people were injured in kite-flying-related incidents on Makar Sankranti in Jaipur on Friday snd the police arrested three people for selling banned manjha (kite thread).

Around 40 people came to SMS Hospital due to cuts by kite strings or falling from roof-top while flying kites. Of them, five were admitted to the hospital and the rest were discharged after a first-aid treatment. Thirty-five people were taken to Kanwatia hospital for treatment.

An official at the SMS hospital told HT that majority who came for treatment were children below 15 years of age.

To crack down on the sale of Chinese, plastic or chemical abrasive kite thread, the district administration had formed teams of forest, police and Jaipur Municipal Corporation officials in different pockets of the city.

The city police had also arrested three people for selling banned thread. Around 3,000 charkhis of illegal kite strings were also seized.

The government had also allotted Rs 30,000 to the environment committee of each district to create awareness.

On Thursday, the number of injured were 300 in Jaipur with the SMS hospital treating more than 80 from 8am to 7pm. Thirteen seriously injured were admitted to the hospital.

Around 200 injured had approached other hospitals in the city.

The SMS official said comparatively the number of accidents this Sakranti had declined and the major reason for this could be the awareness programmes being run by the district administration.

Parents are aware about the news of dangerous Chinese kite threads, he said.

In 2015, the SMS Hospital had received 51 cases in emergency ward, including 28 children.

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