Sakal exposes sale of banned Chinese manja in the city

Team Sakal Times
Friday, 11 January 2019

Due to continuous awareness drive carried out by Sakal Media Group, the sale of banned nylon, synthetic and glass-coated (Chinese) manja has gone down. On Thursday, a team of Sakal Times and Sakal reporters along with Pune Police carried out an investigation at Bohri Ali and Bhavani Peth.

Pune: Due to continuous awareness drive carried out by Sakal Media Group, the sale of banned nylon, synthetic and glass-coated (Chinese) manja has gone down. On Thursday, a team of Sakal Times and Sakal reporters along with Pune Police carried out an investigation at Bohri Ali and Bhavani Peth. However banned nylon thread was sold by not a single shop when a team of reporters posed as customers. 

However, reporters found a group of young children hopping from shop to shop in search for ‘Tungus’ Manja, which is coated with glass powder and was banned by the National Green Tribunal in 2017. The group of youngsters said that this type of thread is being sold in the fringe areas and according to them, buying this thread is essential to win the kite fights. The youngsters seemed oblivious to the fact that many have lost their lives due to this deadly thread in the last one year. 

Last year during Makar Sankranti, Suvarna Manohar Mujumdar (46), a manager with Sakal Media Group succumbed to injuries due to the banned manja.

Team Sakal Times carried out an exercise visiting shops of manja and kite vendors posing as customers seeking Chinese manja. The four shops selling manja and kites at Bohri Ali said they do not keep any stock of the banned manja, but a shop at Bhavani Peth told the team to give some cash in advance and collect the Chinese manja after some time. 

The team went on investigating and reached Chaman Shah Chowk where they met a manja and kite seller. While interacting with him, the seller informed that the Chinese manja is being sold and manufactured at Bhavani Peth near Dulha Dulhan Qabristan (Muslim cemetery).
 
After getting this information, Team Sakal Times tried to find out whether the Chinese manja is really being manufactured in Bhavani Peth.

So on the next day, i.e, on Thursday, Team Sakal Times and Sakal along with Pune Police carried out a raid at Bhavani Peth near Dulha Dulhan Qabristan (Muslim cemetery) and found a bunch of manja with some raw materials for making manja on the cemetery premises.
 
Police Inspector S Bendre of Samarth police station, who accompanied Team Sakal Times to a shop near Dulha Dulhan Qabristan, said, “No case has been registered as yet as no nylon manja was found. We also checked out a room on the cemetery premises, in which some equipment to make manja was found. But these are threads which are allowed to be used for kite flying. Further investigation is going on.” 

They also carried out a raid at Bohri Ali, Raviwar Peth. After reaching the spot, the police told a shop owner to show them all the stock of manja in his warehouse. The police checked the entire warehouse but Chinese manja was not found. However, API Vaibhav Pawar has taken a sample from Raviwar Peth and will be further investigating it. 

Meanwhile, Team Sakal Times heard that some young boys were looking for banned manja and to help them find the nylon manja, the children of that area took them to a store located near the raiding spot. Team Sakal Times followed them but they disappeared. This also proves that the banned manja is sold in the market but not openly. 

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