A 55-year-old city resident lost his wife while his wife sustained injuries on Monday as they got entangled in a China-made kite string when they were returning home on motorcycle after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple.
The deceased, identified as Bhim Singh, was an ex-serviceman. His wife Harjit Kaur has sustained head injuries.
The incident comes in the wake of the claims of the district administration of conducting raids to ensure that the deadly kite string is not sold in the market.
The incident took place at around 9am. The couple got trapped in the string hanging in the air and gashed their faces and foreheads. As a result of this, Bhim Singh lost his balance, fell down and his head was hit against the sidewalk. He died on the spot.
Lohri celebrations turned into mourning at the residence of Bhim Singh as soon as the news of his death arrived. The deceased's relatives claimed that this was not the first time he had been injured by the Chinese kite string.
Last year too, Bhim Singh had faced a similar incident when he was accompanied by his nephew Sukhdev Singh on his motorcycle, they said.
"We had a close shave last year. The Chinese kite string damaged the muffler that I was wearing. But we managed to escape unhurt," said his kin Sukhdev Singh.
Damanjot Singh, another relative of the deceased, has demanded strict implementation of the ban on the sale of Chinese kite string, while seeking action against the vendors as well.
Chheharta police station SHO Harish Behal said he was not aware of the matter.