Delhi: Four-year-old dead after manjha slits her throat

Somya Lakhani
She was on a two-wheeler with her family, said police.

A four-year-old girl died after her throat was slit by Chinese manjha, while she was on her way to a temple with her family on a two-wheeler in North East Delhi s Khajuri Khas Saturday. Police identified the victim as Ishika Kumar Sharma and said the incident took place around 6 pm.

She was declared dead on arrival at the hospital… her father was driving a two-wheeler and his two daughters and wife were with him when she was injured by manjha, said DCP (North East) Atul Kumar Thakur. A case under section 304A (death due to negligence) of the IPC has been registered at Khajuri Khas police station.

My two daughters, wife and I were going to a temple near ISBT from our house in Sonia Vihar to celebrate Janmashtami. Ishika, who was in front of me, suddenly screamed. After I applied brakes, I saw cuts on her neck and blood oozing out. I didn t understand what had happened… then I saw that a manjha had got stuck in her neck, said Ishika s father Girish Kumar Sharma.

Sharma said he covered his daughter s neck with cloth and rushed her to a hospital, where she was declared dead on arrival. Both my daughters were excited about doing darshan at the temple…the children wore new clothes. I can t believe that this has happened, he said.

As per an SC directive, there is a nationwide ban on the procurement, sale and use of the Chinese manjha. On August 15, 28-year-old civil engineer Manav Sharma died after a Chinese manjha allegedly slit his throat while he riding a two-wheeler in Paschim Vihar. He was on his way to celebrate Rakhi with his family when the incident took place.

On July 11, a 33-year-old man and his three-year-old niece fell off the Badarpur flyover when the Chinese manjha allegedly got stuck in the man s neck. The child, Dipti, died during treatment a day later.