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TERRIFYING CUTTING EDGE OF KILLER MANJA!

Saturday, January 13, 2018
By Zuber Ansari

MORE VICTIMS LIKELY FROM CHINESE MANJA THIS MAKAR SANKRANTI?

A festival signifies happiness and celebrations, but the last Makar Sakranti ensured anything but a celebratory mood for the Khan family. In a Makar Sankranti shocker last year,  Chinese manja (thread used for flying kites) slit the throat of a 40-year-old biker, Rizwan Khan.

Rizwan sustained a grievous injury on his neck after he accidentally came in contact with the 'killer' manja.

The 40-year-old Khan, fell prey despite the preventive order issued by the Mumbai Police against the usage of Chinese nylon Manja for flying kites, even as there hardly seems to  be any regard for the order as fliers continue to brazenly use the manja and defy guidelines.

On Makar Sankranti last year, the Kalina-based man was on his way to Andheri on the bike along with his colleague, to collect a business payment when the ill-fated incident took place. On reaching the Vile Parle East bridge on the Western Express Highway, a sharp thread (Manja) got entangled around his neck while he was still riding. Unaware of the manja's presence, Khan kept advancing but after a few meters he felt uneasy and stopped his vehicle before the Parle flyover. When he felt his neck he noticed blood spurting out. His colleague immediately took him to a nearby hospital where he received 25 stitches on his neck, after being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit for a day.

Khan urges against using manja
Khan, who dodged death still, shivers and trembles at the thought of that fateful incident as he says that the festival last year could have been his last.
Asking travelers to be cautious and take adequate measures this Makar Sankranti, he says “My neck nearly got cut. As a survivor of something scary and dangerous, I urge riders to have a neck scarf or a muffler around their neck in order to avoid any injuries or serious untoward incidents that could claim an unsuspecting innocent person's life.  People who travel on highways and those who are likely to ride long distances must take adequate precautionary steps.”

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