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Couple From Jaipur Drives SUV Over Sand Dunes in Ladakh, Fined Rs 50,000

A picture of the Fortuner being driven on the dune had gone viral online.

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A couple from Jaipur was fined Rs 50,000 after images of their car being driven on top of a dune in Jammu and Kashmir's Leh were widely circulated on social media, eliciting outrage.

"One tourist vehicle was found violating the SDM [sub-divisional magistrate] Nubra's direction not to drive cars over dunes in Hunder. The couple from Jaipur were booked as per law and a bond of ₹ 50,000 was taken from them," Leh Police wrote in the caption of their Facebook post on Thursday, 9 June.

“District police Leh requests tourists NOT TO PLY VEHICLES ON SAND DUNES as you damage the natural landscape and violate the prohibitory orders.”
Leh Police
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The number plate of the car bears the code from Delhi but according to the Leh Police post, the couple was from Jaipur.

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Social media was quick to react the photos, with many displaying their displeasure and asking for more punishment,” People have lost civic sense,” one user commented.

In April, a video of an Audi Q3 SUV belonging to Haryana being driven inside the Pangong Lake, had gone viral receiving similar backlash. The video proudly showed a foldable table chair with bottles of alcohol and plastic packets splattered on it.

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Topics:  Environment   Ladakh   Leh 

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