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HP tragedy: Case lodged against project authorities

HP tragedy: Case lodged against project authorities
A case of negligence has been registered against authorities of the Larji Hydropower project here even as rescuers on Wednesday negotiated through huge boulders and high level of silt to trace 19 engineering students and a tour guide who were washed away in the turbulent waters of the Beas River.

SP Mandi RS Negi on Wednesday 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.

The hunt for the missing students of a Hyderabad-based college, meanwhile, made little headway.
During two days of intensive search only bodies of three girls and two boys have been recovered and remaining 20 bodies are still missing.

‘Intensive search operation are on along 20 km stretch of 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.
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