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Four arrested for selling glass coated kite strings

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    New Delhi, Aug 4: Four men were booked for allegedly selling banned glass-coated 'manja' in Gandhi Nagar area of Shahdara and central Delhi's Hauz Qazi, area the police said.

    Four arrested for selling glass coated kite strings

    Ahead of the Independence Day, police have intensified checking shops selling manja (kite string).

    On August 1, a team from PETA visited Gandhi Nagar police station and informed that some shopkeepers are storing glass-coated kite manja for purpose of sale, the police said.

    Raids were conducted at the shop located at Chand Mohalla, Gandhi Nagar, where a shopkeeper identified as Sukhwinder Singh was found to be in possession of 14 rolls of glass-coated manja, they added.

    The seized rolls will be sent for forensic examination for checking the glass coating.

    In a similar operation, three shopkeepers were booked for selling glass-coated manja yesterday from Hauz Qazi. They were arrested and were later granted bail.

    In 2017, the National Green Tribunal had imposed a complete ban on manja, the string used to fly kites, made of nylon or any synthetic material which is non-biodegradable, saying it posed a threat to the lives of birds, animals and humans.

    The green panel had said that the ban order would also apply on nylon, Chinese and glass-coated manja (cotton threads coated with glass).

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