'One month of Beas Tragedy' – still no justice done to victim parents
July 18, 2014 - Hyderabad
It is on 8th June this year, 24 students from VNR Vignan Jyothi College of Engineering and Technology were washed away at Beas river in Himachal Pradesh.
The dead bodies of 21 students out of 24 were retrieved by the rescue teams. The rescue operations are still going on to trace the three dead bodies of the students.
Even after of one month is over, the sorrow and shock still haunts the families of the students. Even now, the financial and other reliefs announced by VNR management still not materialized. The parents of the families are seeking speedy justice. It is no doubt a fact admitted by all sections that the governments have promptly responded in making relief and rescue operations.
The Governments have announced Rs.5 lakh ex-gratia and Rs.15 lakhs were announced by Himachal Government. The Himachal Pradesh High Court has directed to pay Rs.5 lakhs ex-gratia. The Court directed the management of VNR College to pay Rs.2.5 lakhs and the rest has to be borne by Dam officials.
The VNR College management has insured the lives of all the students and the amounts received by insurance along with the fee reimbursement and loans will be handed over to the parents. The management has also promised to extend free engineering education to the kin of the students if interested. It also promised to offer a job in the College for eligible ones from the families.
In reality, the VNR colleges appear to have forgotten the promises it made to the kith and kin of the deceased students and not even one was materialized. The parents of the victims have formed an association and they met the Telangana Home Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy.
In 2012, the VNR College has taken students on study trip to Pulichintala dam where two students died by drowning in the dam. The management has at that time given many promises to the families of the bereaved two students but not materialised even one according to the deceased students’ parents.