With the festival of Basant Panchmi coming closer and the rise in the use of banned Chinese string for kite-flying by children and residents across the city, the police have started raiding shops to curb the sale of the killer string.
The Kotwali police on Sunday seized 100 reels of Chinese string from a store in the city and arrested the owner of the store in this connection. A case under Section 181 of the IPC for disobeying the ban orders has been registered against Vinod Kumar.
Two cases of people getting injured by the Chinese string were reported in the city on Saturday only. Standard 10 student Tarandeep Singh was injured from a Chinese string while he was playing on the rooftop in the police lines area.
Another person Balwinder Singh was injured from the string while he came across it while driving his motorcycle near Mehna chowk here.
Despite a ban on it, people can be spotted in every nook and corner of the city using the string to fly kites raising doubts on the sincerity of the civil as well as police administration on checking the menace that snuffs several lives and injured scores of people in the season of kite-flying.
However, differentiating between a normal string and the Chinese string seems to be a big problem for the police. "It is not easy to differentiate between a normal and a Chinese string. Many of the Indian companies are engaged in manufacturing of what we call Chinese string which is a real headache for the administration," said a police official.
Though, SP (City) Desraj said that the normal string and the Chinese string can be differentiated easily at first sight. "There is difference between breakability of the strings which is the main factor," he said.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti said that all the station house officers have been directed to act tough against the traders selling the banned Chinese string and the police have registered two first information reports in this connection.
"We are working on tracing down the people engaged in the sale of banned string by approaching children in this regard and are expected to recover more such strings in the coming days," he said, and urged the people to come forward and inform the police about the people engaged in the sale of the string.