JAIPUR: Her insistence to sit on the front of the bike to have a better look at flying kites proved fatal for a five-year-old girl. The kid was killed after her throat got slit by a sharp string on Tuesday.
The manja had even teared up her inner clothes up to the neck.
According to the police, the girl, Chanchal, along with her father Pramod Kishor, her mother and younger brother was going to meet some relatives. “The family was on their way from their house near Barkat Nagar to Mahesh Nagar when the manjha cut her throat on Tonk Road,” said a police officer.
The girl started bleeding profusely and was rushed to SMS hospital by her father who also got some injuries on the wrist while taking off the manjha. “Her carotid vessels were badly injured. She was brought dead at the hospital. Prima facie it appears that the cutting of the carotid vessels and profuse bleeding are the main reasons for her death,” said Ajit Singh, additional superintendent of SMS hospital.
“She insisted on sitting on the front seat just to see the flying kites. And the kites have proved fatal. I could have passed her on to her mother sitting as pillion,” said her father.
“It was so lethal that even her inner clothes upto her neck also got cut. One cannot see the manjha passing through the area while driving,” the father said.
Both the parents were inconsolable at the hospital and were cursing the tradition of flying kites. “Hum to raaji khushi jaa rahe they manjhe ne beti ki jaan le li (We were happily going when manjha took the life of my daughter),” said the father while wiping off tears.
The city police though had claimed to have run a campaign against the Chinese and metal manjha, but were not seen taking stringent measures to curb it. Many birds were also injured and were rescued by bird lovers. At least 50 persons were admitted to SMS hospital who mainly got injuries on their neck, ears and nose while driving motorbike and scooters. “Out of these some of them were discharged after first aid while a few of them were undergoing treatment as their injuries were grave,” said a senior doctor at SMS hospital.
Two more killed in kite-flying incidents
A boy living as nomad with his family under Jagatpura flyover was killed after being hit by an unidentified vehicle while he was chasing a snapped kite. According to the police, the boy, Naria(10) was seen chasing kites. “While chasing a snapped kite falling on the road, a rashly driven vehicle hit the boy. He was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead,” said a police officer.
In an another accident, a youth riding bike lost control over the wheels near Chandra Mahal Garden in Kanota when manjha got stuck on his body. “The youth, identified as Trilok Singh(25), lost control and the bike rammed a road divider, killing him. Another person riding pillion on his bike sustained injuries.
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