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Illegal manja: Pune Police register 4 cases

On Monday,Hindustan Times reported that despite a ban by the National Green Tribunal, the nylon manja is easily available in local markets. Following this, the police swung into action and started raiding the markets in the city. 

pune Updated: Feb 13, 2018 14:53 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Though a ban on the sale and use of manja has been in existence under Section 71 of the City Police Act, this is the first time a prohibitory order has been issued which attracts charges under more sections, including culpable homicide.(HT FILE PHOTO)

A day after a 45-year-old media professional died after being grievously injured due to a nylon manja, the city police have initiated a major crackdown on the illegal sale of the manja,under which city police has registered a of total four cases from Kothrud, Khadak and Warje .

Deputy commissioner of police (zone I) Basavraj Teli, said,"We have started taking action under relevant sections of the Environment Protection Act, 1986 and directives of the state government's environment department. We have registered four cases from Kothrud, Khadak and Warje and confiscated around 5 kg illegal manja from them."

Officials said that they plan to conduct raids more aggressively to seize the nylon manja stocks that are mostly kept by sellers.

On Monday,Hindustan Times reported that despite a ban by the National Green Tribunal, the nylon manja is easily available in local markets. Following this, the police swung into action and started raiding the markets in the city.

Appasaheb Shewale, senior police inspector of Kothrud police station, said,"As per guidelines of our senior officers, we have initiated a series of raids in our area in which we seized nylon manja from two small shops. We are keeping vigilance."

Though a ban on the sale and use of manja has been in existence under Section 71 of the City Police Act, this is the first time a prohibitory order has been issued which attracts charges under more sections, including culpable homicide.

On Sunday,the police detained six minors who were flying kites with nylon manja in the city. Their parents were unaware about such kind of activity.

First Published: Feb 13, 2018 14:52 IST