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Pedestrian dies in mishap, irate locals stage protest

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HYDERABAD, FEB. 5. Vehicular movement was brought to a grinding halt along the Koti-Chaderghat main road when irate locals staged a demonstration accusing the traffic police of negligence following the death of a pedestrian in a road accident at Esamiabazar crossroads on Thursday morning.

The demonstrators alleged that their pleas to install traffic signals and post a constable to man the junction had fell on deaf ears of officials concerned and the Esamiabazar crossroads had become a death trap. The victim, K. Sugreev (26) of Moti Market, was a petty vendor. He was going to Sultan Bazar on foot.

Even as he was about to cross the road from Moti Market side, an autorickshaw coming from Koti end knocked him down. "The victim, probably, felt giddy and fell on the road and came under the rear tyres of a Road Transport Corporation bus which was following the three-wheeler," Ramulu, an eyewitness, said. Sugreev died on the spot. He had two children.

Mild tension prevailed with a large number of people gathering at the junction and charging the police with callous attitude in manning the junction. "We have given many representations to the traffic cops but nobody has responded," Ramulu alleged. Angered over the pedestrian's death, the public squatted on the road raising slogans against the police.

"People are scared of crossing the road from one end to the other on this busy road. But, no officer has showed interest in regulating traffic," the demonstrators alleged. The protest continued for over an hour resulting in traffic jam on all connecting routes. It was called off after the Sultan Bazar police's assurance.

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