After banning Chinese thread in Amritsar for six months, Amritsar deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat has collaborated with district education officer (DEO) Satinder Bir Singh and deputy Deo Satish Kumar to initiate awareness campaigns for students at various schools.
The initiative came in the wake of the fatal accident that claimed the life of a 13-year-old Jaskaran Preet Kaur on Saturday and the death of a three-year-old girl recently.
Under the campaign, the students will be sensitised during their assembly session about the harmful impact of the Chinese thread. The campaign was started at DAV School on Monday.
The DC has already conducted a meeting with senior superintendent of police (SSP-rural), police commissioner and more officials and instructed them to raid shops selling Chinese threads.
The DC said he would take the awareness campaign to private schools as well. “Besides legal measures, we have raided various shops and punished the violators. We have launched an awareness campaign for students in government schools, under which the students will be sensitised about the hazardous impact of the Chinese string during morning assemblies and rallies and through declamation, debates and seminars.”
“Under the campaign, we will showcase the pictures of the people who became the victims of the Chinese string,” the DC added.
The DC, meanwhile, warned the people that if someone got hurt by Chinese string used by their children, action would be taken against the parents.
Bhagat said, “It’s unbelievable and shameful that just for fun one can take someone’s life. The Chinese string doesn't break easily and that is why kite flyers are using it, is it justified? People are getting injured and dying. It has to be curbed on individual level.” The DC added.
Even though the administration has imposed a complete ban on the sale of lethal Chinese string under section 144 of the CrPc on November 1, various shops in the city are still selling it.
As per rule, a person using or selling Chinese thread would be booked and strict action would be taken against him.
In the meantime, leading an awareness campaign on Monday deputy DEO Satish Kumar flagged of a rally at DAV Senior Secondary School, Hathi Gate, against the hazardous Chinese string.