One dies, over 100 injured during Uttarayan in Gujarat

One Dhruv Chauhan (17) died after falling off the third floor of a residential complex in Maodasa town of Sabarkantha district while flying kite, police said.

A German national, Yohan Flake, working as a volunteer at a primary school in Bavla taluka run by the Blind People's Association (BPA), fell from the second floor of a building while flying kite. He suffered injuries on head and other parts of the body, officials of 108 Emergency Response Service (ERS) said.

Flake, working with the school since the last 3-4 months, was admitted at the Sterling Hospital here and is under intensive care, they said.

According to them, there were 46 cases of cuts on throat and cheeks due to kite flying thread 'manja', a string coated with mixture of glue and glass powder, making it razor sharp.

As many as 64 cases of people falling from roof-tops or terraces while flying kite were reported from different parts of the city, they said.Also, there were 27 cases of assault during minor clashes in Krishnanagar, Bapunagar and other parts of the city over issues related to kites.In Rajkot, seven cases of cut due to 'manja' were reported, while the number of such incident was five in Surat.Uttarayan is a harvest festival where kite flying is a tradition

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