Mussoorie, November 6
Expressing resentment over the death of a Bengali tourist in an accident here yesterday, social activists and local residents staged a dharna at Picture Palace here today.

The victim, Parvesh Chand Chakravarty (74), had reached Mussoorie only an hour ago when he was hit by a Qualis near the entry gate of Mall Road last evening.
Holding the Municipal Council responsible for the accident, the protesters raised slogans against it and demanded that the entry of tourist vehicles in the Mall Road area should be banned.
Social activist and film artist Pradeep Bhandari said the entry of vehicles in the Mall Road area was restricted after 5 pm. However, in the absence of any check, vehicles ply freely even after 5 pm.
He said there was need to streamline traffic in the area. Bhandari said the local administration should not only completely ban the entry of tourist vehicles in the Mall Road area, but also restrict the movement of local vehicles by issuing passes for only entering and exiting once in a day, so that Mall Road could remain a safe place for pedestrians.
Mussoorie SDM Ramjee Sharan said the administration regularly organised drives to check traffic movement on Mall Road.
SHO GS Rautela said they were concerned over the increasing hit-and-run cases in the area. He said they had arrested the driver of the Qualis, who was involved in the death of the Bengali tourist, and eight others and booked them under Sections 289.304A and 81 of the IPC.
He, however, clarified that the accident took place before 5 pm and at that time the entry gate was managed by the Municipal Council. 

Ajay Ramola, Tribune News, Dehradun Edition

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