Kite flying tradition on Makar Sankranti on Tuesday turned out to be a nightmare for parents of a five-year-old girl, who died after her throat was slit by a sharp thread, while 73 others were injured in kite flying accidents, police said in Jaipur.

Chanchal, who was going with her father on a bike in Tonk Road area here, fell down on the road side after ‘manjha’ (Kite thread) hit her neck, the police said, adding her father also got injuries on his arm.

Chanchal was rushed to hospital bleeding profusely where she was declared brought dead by the emergency doctors, SMS Hospital Additional Superintendent Dr. Ajit Singh told PTI.

The body was handed over to the parents after post mortem, he said.

In the kite flying related accidents, altogether 73 injured people mostly children reported to the hospital’s emergency ward, where 13 were admitted to the trauma ward, and rest were discharged after required treatment, Dr. Singh added.

Besides hundreds of birds got wounded and scores were killed during kite festival due to ‘manjha’, which is coated with glass pieces, according to an NGO which provided medical treatment for the injured avians.