Chinese goods banned in Vadodara for Uttarayan

If it's Chinese, it's banned this Uttarayan in Vadodara. Following the prohibition notice issued by the Vadodara commissioner of police that bans sale of Chinese threads for kites as well as Chinese lantern balloons, the VMC's shops and establishment inspection team tore into the kite markets and seized goods worth close to Rs 60,000 on day one.

The VMC special squads will continue inspecting shops selling kites for Uttarayan to ensure that nobody indulges in the sale of Chinese plastic threads or lantern balloons.

The idea behind banning these threads and lantern balloons is to ensure safety, according to the police. In a public notice issued on Monday, the Vadodara police had issued a blanket ban on the sale and use of Chinese plastic threads, which is known to cause fatal injuries to people.

On Tuesday, the VMC's shops and establishments department swung into action to crack down on the shops selling the products for Uttarayan. From over 300 shops, inspected in the market areas of Mangalbazar and Gendigate, the team seized around 2,334 Chinese lanterns that had been brought for sale. However, the squad did not find any Chinese kite threads.

Labour Welfare Officer Suman Rathwa, who led the squad that raided the shops, said, "We are executing the police notification that bans the use of Chinese threads and lanterns. The raids will go on for the entire week. The lantern balloons are also dangerous as they can fall on the people and cause injuries. So far, we did not find any shops selling the plastic threads. We have seized all the lantern balloons."

However, the raids resulted much chaos and anger among the shopkeepers in the area. A shopkeeper said, "These people issue directives just days before the festival. They should issue such circulars before the traders spend their money and purchase these items from the wholesalers or they should raid the wholesalers in the beginning itself. Why do they victimize the poor traders all the time?"

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