Dear Editor,Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to invite the attention of concerned authorities, including Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and Deputy Commissioner Jammu towards the illegal sale, purchase and use of Chinese plastic thread and request for initiating stern action against the violators under the Public Safety Act.Despite complete ban by High Court of Jammu and Kashmir in the PIL filed by ‘Save Animals Value Environment’ and blanket ban by National Green Tribunal on sale & purchase of Chinese Manjha (Gattoo) and other synthetic/Nylon thread coated with synthetic materials, are still purchased and sold by many shopkeepers in Jammu District. Many casualties were reported from various areas of Jammu during the festival of Raksha Bandhan when people got stuck in the dreaded Chinese string which has been banned in the State.But flouting the ban orders, some businessmen are still selling deadly kite – flying strings which later prove nightmarish for the people, causing a number of casualties.According to official reports, in 2016 itself, two patients were admitted in Government Medical College & Hospital with deep injuries caused due to Chinese string which was used by some people for kite-flying on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.As per data available in GMC two persons including Khajoor Raj of Sunjwan were admitted in GMC with deep cuts on their nose, face and neck after they got stuck in the Chinese strings in their respective areas. Later they were referred to ENT Department of SMGS Hospital for specialised treatment. Khajoor got some stitches on his nose and is still doubtful whether the wound will heal fully or he may have to face some problems for the rest of his life.In addition to this over a dozen people were injured due to Chinese kite strings in different parts of the city and rural areas of Jammu who were admitted to the ENT ward of SMGS Hospital and other private clinics, and discharged after getting first aid.Though police is on its job to enforce the ban on the sale of Chinese string but some traders dodge Police and hide the strings in dickey of scooters, Scooties or back yard of their shops and deliver the same to customers on-demand.However, there is growing concern among the people that despite ban on the sale and use of Chinese string it is available in the market and can be purchased easily, thereby putting the lives of common masses to grave risk. Moreover on this Raksha Bandhan, many birds have died and several got injured due to this Chinese manjha. We have already started an awareness drive against banned Chinese manjha 2 weeks before Raksha bandhan but still, open violations are going on by shopkeepers of Pacca Danga, Nai Basti and Talab Khatikan, which should be checked.Yesterday, a person namely Sikander Khan resident of Narwal died due to Chinese thread which cut his throat.I request the concerned authorities to issue an order to book the violators of High Court of J&K order, as well as NGT order, under Public Safety Act (PSA)Devinder Kaur Madaan,Sr. Vice President SPCA Jammu,Honorary Animal Welfare Officer for AWBI,Chairperson Save Animals Value Environment.
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