Victims of Chinese thread seek curb on its sale

  • Sukhpreet Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jan 09, 2015 14:14 IST

The people, who have sustained injuries in the past due to the Chinese string, have sought a complete curb on the sale of such products. Chinese or nylon string, which is used for flying kites, is banned but even then it is easily available in the market.

Thirty eight-year-old Shanu Sharma, a nurse in Suman hospital, said, “Last Tuesday at around 8 am, I was on my two-wheeler when such a string got me entangled near bus stand. It broke my helmet glass and left a deep cut on my forehead due to which medical experts had to put 25 stitches to heal it.”She has requested the police to check the illegal sale of such products.

Another victim of Chinese string is Gurpreet Singh of Dashmesh Nagar who got injuries on his fingers while he was driving his bike near Gill Chowk recently. “This string can claim the lives of the victims, especially those on two-wheelers,”he said.

The police department says they has registered 16 FIRs against the traders selling Chinese string recently and 23 persons were arrested under Section 188 of the IPC and more than 1,000 rolls of the banned strings were recovered in 2014. This month so far, the police have registered six FIRs and arrested seven persons. More than 100 rolls of Chinese or nylon strings have also been seized.

Police commissioner Pramod Ban said, “I have instructed all the station house officers (SHO) to keep a check on the sale of such strings.”

These illegal threads are popular among children for flying kites because of its strength and low costs. Apart from victimising people, these strings pose threat to the birds as well.

Why Chinese thread is harmful Made up of metallic substance, if it comes in contact with overhead wires, it can cause blackout in the area.

It is good conductor of electricity so it can lead to electrocution of the user if entangled with elect ric wires.

Strong Chinese threads are like a sharp razor, which can cause fatal deep cut, mostly to two-wheeler drivers.

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