Beas students mishap, One more body recovered, 19 still missing

June 16, 2014 07:18 PM

Mandi (Himachal Pradesh), June 11: Rescue teams on Wednesday fished out the body of a student from the Beas River and intensified the hunt for 19 others missing, even as a case of negligence has been registered against authorities of the Larji Hydropower project in connection with the incident.

As many as 24 engineering students from Hyderabad, who were part of a group of students on a tour of HImachal Pradesh, and a tour guide were washed away in the Beas River on Sunday when water was released into the river from the Larji hydroelectric power project. Five bodies were recovered from the river on Monday.

The sixth body was recovered from the Beas River on Wednesday near Hanogi, Indo-Tibetan Border Police Commandant Lakshman said.

The victim has been identified as MD Shabir Hussain Shaik. The body was identified by his mother Ayisha Begum, who was camping at Kullu.

Swinging into action, the police have registered a case against the authorities of the power project.

SP Mandi RS Negi said that a case under sections 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC has been registered against the authorities of Larji project.

The FIR against the project authorities was registered by A Aditya, a teacher accompanying the students.

Rescuers, meanwhile, continued to search for the 19 missing persons, including 18 students of a Hyderabad-based institute.

“Intensive search operation are on along 20 km stretch of the River Beas from Thalot (the accident spot) to Pandoh Dam but the river is full of boulders and silt level is high. The bodies are either trapped under boulders or sunk in the silt and we are searching every boulder,” Jaideep Singh, Commanding Officer, NDRF, said.

A team of 84 people, comprising 20 NDRF divers, assisted by 18 divers of the Army are searching the bodies and chances of the bodies flowing downstream Pandoh Dam are very dim.

The search teams are expecting the swollen bodies to surface by Thursday but chances of survival of the missing persons are nil.

Four bodies recovered on Monday were flown to Hyderabad and cremated on Tuesday, while the fifth body of Devashish Bose was flown to Hyderabad on Tuesday evening.

Officials said that the Beas being a snowfed river, the water level increases as the day advances and reaches its peak at night.

However, the discharge of water is minimum during the morning hours and search operations are comparatively easy.

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