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Beas Tragedy- College management compromised safety norms’, alleges parents

August 12, 2014 - Hyderabad

In a letter written to the Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court, 16 parents complained that the VNR Vignan Jyothi College of Engineering and Technology, Hyderabad had compromised with the safety norms resulting to the death of 24 engineering students who were washed away in Beas River in Mandi District.

The Himachal Pradesh High Court directed the State Government of Himachal Pradesh and the College in question to respond by filing a reply on the allegations of doing away and alleged tampering of evidence.

The parents alleged that the VNR Vignan Jyothi college management and a faculty member C Kiran that they do not have knowledge of the area and the faculty member even skipped off the confirmed tour to Dr.Reddy’s laboratories in Baddi making it a sightseeing trip instead of industrial tour. They further alleged that the college management influencing the students who returned safely to give statements in support of the faculty terming the incident as an act of God instead of negligence on the part of the management.

Status report:
The Mandi Superintendent of Police who filed the status report to the court said that six persons have been arrested and were released on bail and statements of 29 witnesses have been recorded while 25 bodies have been recovered of which 23 have been identified. Two dead bodies are unidentified whose DNA samples have been preserve. He said that 8 personnel of NDRF including 2 divers, 2 boats and 10 Himachal Police constables are working in search operations which will continue till the recovery of two dead bodies.

Directs to deposit the amount to the parents of deceased
The Court directed to transfer the amount deposited by Electricity Board as well as College authorities as interim relif of Rs.5 lakhs per student in the accounts of the parents of the deceased after verification. The case was posted to September 15.

It may be recalled that 24 students of VNR Vignan Jyothi College of Engineering and Technology from Hyderabad were washed away on June 8 in Bear River near Kullu in Himachal Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh Government has announced Rs.5 lakh ex-gratia to the kith and kin of the 24 students in addition to Rs.1.5 lakhs by Himachal Pradesh Government and Rs.5 lakhs by Telangana Government.

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