Mrunal Manmay Dash

Two bikers were injured after they were entangled by a Chinese kite string (manja) on the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack road near Balikuda on Monday on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.

As per reports, the duo was on their way to Cuttack from Niali on a bike when the rider's neck was cut with a stray Chinese kite string. The rider lost balance and fell from the bike injuring the pillion rider too.

While the bike rider suffered a cut in his neck, the pillion rider sustained severe injuries on his hand and palm.

Following the accident, the injured were rushed to SCB Medical College and Hospital for treatment.

It is pertinent to mention here that Cuttack police has banned sale of ‘plastic’ and Chinese ‘manja’ strings used to fly kites.

Cuttack Additional DCP Anil Mishra on Sunday had warned of strict action against those found flying kites using the Chinese manja threads. But the warning and restriction seem to be in vain as many people are seen using the same restricted strings to fly kites on Makar Sankranti, endangering the lives of the commuters.

Millions of people celebrate Makarsankranti every year across Odisha on the January 15. To cut someone else’s kite or to prevent their kite from being cut in the air, kite enthusiasts use lethal sharp kite strings (maanjaa). Such kite thread when collides with a two-wheeler rider, it cuts the throat and causes severe injury or death of the victim.

Earlier in 2021, a biker died after a kite string reportedly hanging on the road slit his throat at Pirbazaar in Cuttack. A kite string hanging on the road got entangled on Samal’s neck and cut his throat. He was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital where doctor declared him dead.

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