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JAMMU: A Head Constable of Jammu and Kashmir Police was seriously injured after his throat was accidentally slit by a kite thread, while eight others received serious injuries including a girl getting her finger chopped off in Jammu on Saturday.
Police said, Head Constable Vikram Singh (423/J) posted at Police Post Greater Kailash, resident of Samba received serious throat injuries after getting cut by Chinese thread at Bikram Chowk. Out of the nine cases reported in GMC there were three serious cases. In one such case one Naresh Kumar son of Om Parkash of Jindra, who was riding a motor bike and met with an accident and badly injured his face when Chinese thread got entangled.
In Reshmgarh one Dheeraj Singh had his throat cut by Chinese kite flying thread and had to be given number of stitches whereas one Harsesh Kumar also got five stitches on his finger. In another case one Sanjeev Sawhney, a journalist received serious injuries on his hand while riding a bike over the flyover near Maheshpura Chowk Bakshi Nagar when the thread got entangled. Sanjay Kumar of Pouni Chak also got serious injury on his neck and was given eight stitches. A girl namely Anamika of Shiv Nagar got her fingers chopped off because of the thread.
All these incidents have taken place after district administration has officially banned the sale and purchase of the Chinese thread for kite flying. The Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Simrandeep Singh, had banned the sale and purchase of Chinese thread, which is popularly known as ‘Kattu’ in the markets, but on the nothing concrete has been done.
Only a few shopkeepers were challaned and were let free while this thread was on sale in open market. “This Chinese thread is very hard and is non-biodegradeable,” said Dr Akhil Gupta at GMC hospital’s emergency ward, adding “We have received several cases of similar injuries within this one week between Raskha Bandhan and Janamashtami.
The ban would have remained in the paper if the for district magistrate would not taken an initiative to raid the shops and seized over 500 rolls of Chinese thread on 25th of August, with the help of Additional DC and the social workers. The enforcement agencies like Police remain totally ineffective in enforcing the ban. On 30th of August a deputation of the social activist comprising of Balvinder Singh and Rumpy Madaan, Chairperson SAVE, met Deputy Commissioner Jammu and urged him to ban the sale and purchase of Chinese /indigenous kite flying thread made out of plastic or similar such synthetic material.
All these case were brought to the notice of Deputy Commissioner by Balvinder Singh and Rumpy Madaan. Both of them said that they have noticed more than 51 cases of injuries reported in GMC and Gandhi Nagar Hospital both on the day of Raksha Bandan and on Janamashtami on Saturday, out of them seven are seriously injured.
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