Mumbai Police Will Be on the Lookout Against Sale and Use of Nylon Thread During Makar Sankranti

Mumbai Police Will Be on the Lookout Against Sale and Use of Nylon Thread During Makar Sankranti

The Commissionerate of Mumbai Police has issued an order to its senior inspectors at stations across Mumbai to increase awareness about the ban on the sale, use, and storage of pucca manja, which is also referred to as nylon thread. 

This thread is used predominantly for flying kites, even more so during Makar Sankranti on Jan 14. With this in mind, officials have been asked to monitor people in their jurisdictions on Thursday, Jan 14. 

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In anticipation of the festivities, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations), Chaitanya S sent out an order on Jan 7 which said, “For the period of 30 days, i.e. 14/01/2021 to 12/02/2021, a ban on the use, sale and storage of the pucca threads, commonly known as nylon manja, made of plastic or any such synthetic material likely to cause grievous injury to birds as well as human beings, especially during festivals where kite flying is played, in the jurisdiction of Brihan Mumbai Police Commissionerate.”

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Recently, the Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay High Court took Suo Motu cognizance of a PIL filed after previous incidents involving nylon threads led to the death of one woman while injuring a few others. Subsequently, the Maharashtra Government banned the use and sale of such threads under Section 5 of the Environmental Protection Act. 

Speaking about the arrangements made for the upcoming Makar Sankranti festivities in the city, an officer said that all police stations have been asked to stay alert for crimes like theft and chain snatching.

As for informing the citizens about the ban of nylon thread, a police officer said that they will make regular announcements using megaphones. The DCP said in his order that those violating these orders shall be prosecuted as per Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).  

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