Seven people arrested with deadly kite ropes in Nadia
Recent accidents coupled with a growing demand for action among residents has prompted police to raid several pockets of the city.
Seven people flying kites were arrested Monday in Nadia’s Santipur on charges of endangering public life, the action coming against the backdrop of a series of accidents in the city over the past month linked to the use of nylon and other ropes prohibited by kites.
On Monday afternoon, a girl in Class XII suffered a deep cut to her throat from a nylon kite rope as she cycled home from class.
Police arrested two people last week for selling and storing nylon ropes after numerous cases of injuries were reported, including one in which a four-year-old suffered a severe cut to the throat and had to receive six stitches.
The recent incidents coupled with growing demand among residents for action against kites using life-threatening ropes prompted police on Monday to search several pockets of the city.
“We have done our best to raise awareness and also urged them to refrain from flying kites using potentially lethal nylon and metal ropes. But, part of the population preferred not to listen and so we were forced to act, ”said a senior police officer from Ranaghat Police District.
The senior policeman added, “The use of potentially lethal nylon kite ropes forced us to take action against kite thieves. Nylon and metal ropes are stronger and more dangerous than regular cotton ropes, because the former do not break easily. Falling kite ropes become fatal when they grab unsuspecting cyclists and motorcyclists by the throat and cause serious injury.
On Monday, police officers, along with civic volunteers, raided several homes and arrested seven kites, all in their 30s, from the roofs of their homes. Several others were held for questioning. Police also confiscated a large number of banned kite spools and ropes.
Police sources said those arrested will be brought before the additional first instance court on Tuesday.
Separate police teams during the raids also seized several rolls of nylon ropes, kites and spools banned from these kites.
Welcoming the police action, social activist Anupam Saha said: “The government should ban the sale and storage of all types of dangerous ropes used for kite flying.