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Biker bleeds to death as banned kite string slits his throat on highway

A 52-year-old man riding a motorcycle died on the spot after a stray kite string — the banned, made-in-China variety — slit his throat, leading to excessive bleeding, on the Batal-Amritsar highway on Sunday evening. The string is banned by the district administration but it continues to be sold. 

punjab Updated: Jan 17, 2017 15:59 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Batala
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The victim, Harvinder Kumar, was identified as a resident of Jammu from the identity cards in his wallet.

A 52-year-old man riding a motorcycle died on the spot after a stray kite string — the banned, made-in-China variety — slit his throat, leading to excessive bleeding, on the Batal-Amritsar highway on Sunday evening. The string is banned by the district administration but it continues to be sold.

The victim, Harvinder Kumar, was identified as a resident of Jammu from the identity cards in his wallet, but more details were awaited as his family was still to reach Batala, police said.

On Friday evening, too, a 16-year-old boy dead had died due to electric shock when the kite string that he was holding came in contact with high-voltage wires, atQadian.

The Chinesestring is made of plastic material, which makes it more flexible and lethal in kite-fights, and it is also coated with chemicals to make it sharper. Worse, colours used in the string make it nearly invisible.

First Published: Jan 16, 2017 19:19 IST