In a shocking incident, three persons, including a child died after kite strings slit their throats during Uttarayan kite flying festival in Gujarat. The police said several other people were also injured in separate incidents across the state after falling off rooftops while flying kites.
An eight-year-old Tehjeeb Khan died at the local civil hospital after suffering a severe neck injury due to kite string, said Mehsana police official. "Tehjeeb was riding a bicycle when a kite string slit his throat," he said.
In another incident, Ashok Panchal, who was riding a motorcycle, was similarly killed instantly near Dholka in Ahmedabad district, an official said.
Virendrasinh Garasiya, who had sustained kite-string injuries to his neck on Saturday died in a hospital near Kathana village in Anand district on Sunday, an official said.
In a statement, an ambulance service provider in Gujarat said, 59 people were injured by kite strings in Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara till Sunday evening.
As many as 117 persons were injured after falling from rooftops while flying kites in these four districts till Sunday evening. Kite flying is a major component of Uttarayan celebrations in Gujarat.