Mumbai: Deepak Thokchoam, 23, a medical student, died days after being struck by manja in the eye as he was travelling on his motorcycle from Kakati to Belgaum last week. Manja is the thick thread used to fly kites and is coloured and coated with powdered glass before use. The Manipur resident was in Belgaum to pursue medical education.
Eight days ago, Deepak was going from Kakati to Belgaum when a manja struck him in the eye. He was rushed to KLI Hospital and an emergency surgery was performed. But in the next few days, he had to be shifted to a hospital in Bengaluru for further treatment.
However, Deepak died during treatment in Bengaluru. Prior to this incident, a journalist had been severely injured after a manja slit his throat. Following this, Belgaum Police had banned the use of manja. Police had also issued a notice to residents, saying parents of children flying glass manja would be held liable. Despite orders, the use of manja continues.