CUTTACK: In response to the order of the Orissa High Court for banning use of Chinese Manjha or any thread of nylon or plastic coated with crushed glass gum for flying kites, the Cuttack Commissionerate Police has issued instructions to the IICs and Assistant Commissioners of Police to ensure the ban order.
DCP Sanjeev Arora has directed the police officers for strict implementation of the High Court order. “Instruction has been issued not only to ensure the ban on use of cotton/nylon/ plastic kite thread coated with crushed glass gum but also to prohibit procuring, storing and selling of these harmful kite threads,” Arora said. The Inspectors have been advised to paste the HC order in their police station notice boards, publish in Odia dailies and if necessary, set up flex banners involving NGOs, Arora said.
He has directed to conduct special drive against flying of kites in public places. Violators should be punished by realising fine under Odisha Urban Police (OUP) Act. Arora has also advised the IICs to identify safe places for flying kites and motivate kite lovers to use the area.
In the recent past, the dangerous threads had claimed human lives in different places under Cuttack Sadar, Baranga and Badambadi police stations following which one Bighnaraj Malik had filed a writ petition in the High Court.