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Despite the ban imposed on the Chinese plastic kite string by the Deputy Commissioner and raids conducted on various kite shops, the string is easily available at the market.
The kite flying season is at the peak in Punjab due to the coming festival of Lohri on January 13. On Monday, two eagles injured with the Chinese string arrived at Pakshi Sewa Samiti, the only birds' hospital-cum-NGO in the city.
Till now 35 bird injuries have already been reported. Out of these, five birds have died. Vipan Bhatia, founder president of Pakshi Sewa Samiti, said, "Crows, parrots, doves, pigeons and two eagles injured due to the plastic string have been left by people here for treatment. Raju, a resident of Chander Nagar, handed over the injured eagle to us with a 4-inch-deep cut on its feather."
"While we try to save most of the injured birds even if they are handicapped for life, five pigeons died due to this menace till now," he said.
Bhatia appealed to people not to use the plastic string for kites. He can be contacted at 80548-30430 for treating the injured birds.
Meanwhile, Vinod Kumar, 25, was injured as the plastic string got entangled around his neck. The incident happened when he was going to his office.
Sahnewal police arrested Suresh Chopra of Purana Bazar of Khatri Mohalla and recovered seven rolls of the plastic string from his possession on Sunday. A case under Section 188 of the IPC was registered.