A day after three-year-old boy died with his throat slit with manja thread in North Chennai, police on Monday secured three persons, including a juvenile, for flying kites in the locality on the day of the accident.
Meanwhile, in an overnight crackdown on those selling manja thread and kites, police seized 15 kites from a shop run by one Charles in Kasimedu.
Police said they had searched shops selling kites ahead of Deepavali, and Loganathan of Tondiarpet was secured in possession of 90 kites, and claimed that the sale of the thread and kites has drastically reduced after the ban. However, many were buying manja online, which could not be curbed.
Meanwhile, Abhinayu’s body was handed over to his parents, Gopal Kumar and Sumitha, after post-mortem examination at Government Stanley Medical College Hospital. The CCTV footage of the incident that came out on Monday showed Abhinayu sitting in between his parents while they were coming down the Meenambal flyover while returning home from a relative’s house in Anna Nagar. In the footage, Gopal Kumar is seen applying sudden brake to stop the two-wheeler after the manja slit Abhinayu’s neck and passers-by rushing to his rescue.
Senior police officers visited the spot on Monday morning and formed 15 special teams to check the sale of manja. Additional Commissioner (Chennai North) R Dhinakaran said that severe action would be initiated against those flying kites and selling manja, and added that they would be detained under the Goondas Act.
1,300 kites seized in Athipattu village