Rescue teams retrieve another body of a student in Himachal Pradesh
June 12, 2014 - Hyderabad
The rescue teams on Thursday morning retrieved the body of another student taking the total number of bodies recovered so far had gone to 7 out of 24 students who had gone on missing. It may be recalled here that 24 students from VNR Vignan Jyothi College Hyderabad who came here as part of study tour were washed away on June 8 following release of water from flood gates without warning.
Divisional Commissioner of Mandi Onkar Sharma who heads a high level inquiry said that he will summon a live video that was shot by a local shows chilling details of how the students got washed away following rise in water level all of a sudden to make it a piece of evidence in the probe.
National Human Rights Commission issues notice
The National Human Rights Commission issued notice to the Himachal Pradesh Government to submit a report on the incident within two weeks.
NDMA summons expert divers
National Disaster Management Authority chairman Marri Sashidhar Reddy said that sophisticated equipment like underwater cameras, unmanned aerial vehicle will be used in the search operations. He held a meeting with the higher officials on the incident on Wednesday. Expert divers from Guwahati, Kolkata and Patna are being summoned for the search operations.
Two more dead bodies retrieved
The rescue teams have retrieved two more dead bodies of the washed away students taking the total to 8. They are on the search for the rest of 16 students.The rescue teams who retrieved the deceased bodies are identified as Arvind and Upendra and are transporting them to Andhra Pradesh. National Disaster Management Agency Chairman Marri Sashidar Reddy is personally supervising the operations. Telangana Home Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy, TRS MPs Jitender Reddy and Vinod Kumar are at the site.
Rajiv Trivedi rushes to Himachal Pradesh<
Senior IPS officer from Telangana State Rajiv Trivedi had flown to Himachal Pradesh on Thursday to oversee the operations being undertaken at the site.
Identification of bodies through DNA
The police decided to collect samples from the bodies to be recovered hereafter to establish their identity through DNA Fingerprinting tests.
Alumni of the VNR Vignan Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology said that they would organize a candle rally in Hyderabad on Saturday.
Expert swimmers sent:
A special team of 18 expert swimmers from Hyderabad would be flown on Friday morning to step up searches. Nine more divers form Naval Force too would be joining them in the operations.
Upendra and Arvind dead bodies brought to State
The retrieved dead bodies of VNR Vignan College students Upendera and Arvind were brought to Hyderabad on Friday. Arrangements have been made to transport Arvind dead body to his residence at Vansathalipuram and for Upendra top Khammam.
Plans to dash a letter to Prime Minister
VNR Vignan College students will write to Prime Minister seeking a probe by an independent agency' they said to media. They will be seeking a RTI query on the authorities concerned before discharge of water from the dam into the Beas river .
Telangana State Government announces Rs.5 lakh ex-gratia
Telangana State Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao on Saturday announced an ex-gratia of Rs.5 lakhs to the families of those students who lost their lives in Sunday incident. Earlier, the house passed a condolence resolution in the House.