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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Jan 14:

Following several cases of injuries and even death due to kite flying with glass coated manja strings in Cuttack, the district administration today conducted raids at kite shops in Odisha’s silver city.

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The district administration had earlier banned use of glass-coated ‘manja’ thread imported from China.

Today on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, the administration seized a huge amount of ‘manja’ thread during the raid acting on the district collector’s direction.

Stringent action will be taken against those selling the banned thread, informed an official.

Notably, kite flying is a very popular part of Makar Sankranti celebrations among the youth in Odisha and other parts of India.