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Posted at: Jan 12, 2018, 1:46 AM; last updated: Jan 12, 2018, 1:46 AM (IST)

7 held for selling banned string

Plastic thread jeopardises lives not only of people but also of birds and animals
7 held for selling banned string
School students take out an awareness rally against plastic string in Amritsar on Thursday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, January 11

The police have arrested seven persons in separate cases and seized as many as 158 spools of the banned plastic string, popularly known as chinese thread (gattu). Booked under Section 188 of the IPC, they were later released on bail.

The arrested persons have been identified as Karan, a resident of Lakkar Mandi, Shanky of Noor Di Bazaar, Tarn Taran, Rahul, alias Raja, of Bhan Singh Chowk, Tarn Taran, Amandeep Kumar of Pishori Mohalla, Khandwala, Puneet Sharma of Raj Avenue Ghanupur Kale, Bawa Singh, alias Guru, of Guru Ki Wadali and Avtar Singh, alias Nona, of Gawal Mandi Chowk.

Interestingly, in a couple of cases, the police added Section 336 of the IPC (act endangering life or personal safety of others). Officials said the motive behind adding this section was to discourage people from illegal sale or purchase of the deadly string.

The district administration has banned the sale or purchase of synthetic strings as it inflicts severe injuries, sometimes life-threatening wounds, on commuters, especially riders of two-wheelers and birds. There are cases when this thread has claimed human lives.

It is worth mentioning here that Ramnath, a resident of Ram Nagar Colony, sustained severe injuries after he came in contact with a high tension wire through a kite string. He was admitted to a hospital.

Residents say the sale of such strings cannot be stopped unless its manufacturing is ceased. Even schoolchildren are pooling money to purchase the plastic string spools.

Meanwhile, children of various schools today carried out an awareness campaign against the use of synthetic string. Holding placards and banners in their hands, they stood near intersections and urged people not to use the deadly string.


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