Pune: Crackdown on Hazardous Kite Strings, Shopkeeper in Wakad Faces Legal Action

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Wakad, 14th January 2024: In a significant crackdown on the sale of hazardous nylon manja, the anti-extortion squad of the Pimpri Chinchwad crime branch registered a case against a local shopkeeper. The operation, conducted on Saturday afternoon, targeted Shital Provision and General Store located in Wakad’s Jyotibanagar.


The accused, identified as Vijay Rameshwar Gaikwad, a 37-year-old resident of Wakad, has been named in the case. Police officer Ashish Botke officially filed a complaint at the Wakad Police Station, marking the initiation of legal proceedings.


The police assert that Vijay Gaikwad was found selling nylon manja in his store, prompting immediate action from the Anti-Extortion Squad. The sale of such hazardous kite strings poses a severe threat to both human life and animals, leading to numerous fatalities.


It’s important to note that the Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay High Court issued a ban on the sale of nylon manja on December 31, 2020. The court’s decision was driven by the evident dangers posed by this type of string, resulting in tragic incidents and loss of lives.


In line with the court’s directives, the Pimpri Chinchwad police took decisive action against Vijay Gaikwad. This move aligns with the ongoing statewide initiative to curb the sale and use of nylon manja.


The authorities emphasize that nylon manja, characterized by its sharp and abrasive nature, not only poses a risk during kite-flying activities but also raises concerns for pedestrians, motorists, birds and animals.