Himachal Tragedy: Victims' Parents Stage Protest

With hopes of getting the bodies of their loved ones dashed, the parents of 16 students returned to Hyderabad armed with death certificates and an FIR issued by the Mandi police.

Published: 17th June 2014 07:32 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th June 2014 10:51 AM   |  A+A-


At least 24 students of an engineering college in Hyderabad were reported missing Sunday after strong currents in the mighty Beas river in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi district washed them away, an official said. | AP File Photo

HYDERABAD: Telangana home minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy, who was camping in Mandi, returned to the city on Monday and brought along with him two sets of copies of preliminary probe on the tragedy, given by Mandi police and the local administration. He directed the officials here to make a comprehensive report that would be submitted to chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao shortly.

Meanwhile, parents of 16 students who went to Mandi, whose bodies were still missing, have returned to the city armed with two sets of certificates-- death certificate issued by the Himachal Pradesh government and FIR copy issued by Mandi police. Police assured the parents that they would get in touch with them  if the bodies are traced from Beas river.

Before leaving for Mandi, Nayani directed the college management to return the total fee that was paid by the victims at the time of admission to their parents. He also directed the college management to give a written explanation about the  mishap so that he would enclose it with his report.

The Himachal Pradesh government has officially certified that all the 16 missing students died and death certificates were issued on Monday.

The grief-stricken parents, who gave up hopes, returned to the city on Monday. They demanded a stern action against the college management for their negligence.

Tension prevailed when parents and family members squatted in front of college gate and raised slogans against the college management.

Later they dispersed after the police pacified the aggrieved parents.

The rescue teams could not trace the bodies though they used high-end technology. However, Mandi police said that they would continue the search operations with the help of other teams.


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