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25 VNR Vignan Jyothi College students feared to have been washed away in Beas river

June 8, 2014 - Hyderabad

In a tragic incident on Sunday that occurred in Beas river near Kullu in Himachal Pradesh, nearly 24 students from VNR Vignan Jyothi College students from Bauchupally in Hyderabad were feared to have been washed away at around 6.30pm.

Sources said that the tragic incident occurred when the students were taking pictures at the river bed when they were caught by gushing waters released from a dam which the students were not aware of. The students were here on an industrial tour and left Hyderabad on June 3. Faculty member Kiran who accompanied the students was also missing as of now and the college authorities were not able to establish contact with him. The students are from second year of Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering branch said college sources.

Helpline opened:
Cyberabad Police Commissioner CV Anand said that the police authorities are in touch with the Mandi SP and gathering information. He said a team of officers were monitoring the situation and a helpline number has been opened to help the families of the stranded students.

Delegation leaves:
A high level delegation led by Telangana Home Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy is rushing to Himachal Pradesh to oversee the rescue and relief operations in Kullu. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao reviewed the situation and directed the Home Minister to take an IAS and IPS officer along with the team.

AP Chief Minister expresses shock:
The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu expressed deep shock and anguish over the tragic incident.

YSRCP chief express shock directs party MPs to Himachal Pradesh
YSRCP president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed shock over the incident. Jaganmohan Reddy requested the AP and Telangana Governments to take up rescue and relief operations immediately and directed the YSR Congress MPs present in Delhi to rush to Himachal Pradesh to coordinate with the government teams in the rescue and relief operations.

Administration suspends officials:
The Himachal Pradesh administration has suspended five Engineers responsible for releasing of water in the flood gates without any warning. Meanwhile, the Centre sought a report on the incident.

3 dead bodies retrieved
The divers who are on the search operations could retrieve three dead bodies of the students out of the 24 students who were washed away. They were identified as Akula Vijeta, Iswarya and Rambabu.

Chandrababu Naidu directs:
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister directs Narayana to rush to Himachal Pradesh. Minister Narayana, Khambampati along with IAS officer Satish Chandra are leaving to oversee the relief and rehabilitation arrangements.

Control rooms:
A control room was established at the Collectorate in Hyderabad. Phone Numbers: 040-2320 2813, 94408 15887. Cyberabad Control room no. 94906 17100.

Helpline numbers in AP Bhavan:
The helpline numbers in Andhra Pradesh Bhavan in Delhi are:98719-99055, 98719-90081.

Special flight leaves to Kullu
A special flight ferrying the parents of the students involved in the incident along with the College principal and officials left Hyderabad. In another flight, Telangana Home Minister Narayana Narasimha Reddy had flown to UP.

IT Minister KT Rama Rao expresses shock:
Telangana State Information Technology and Panchayat Raj minister KT Rama Rao expressed shock over the incident. He said that all efforts are on the way to take steps. The Panchayat Raj Minister said that the Government would bear the flight charges of the parents and would extend all help to them. He assured to transport the dead bodies by flight to Hyderabad.

'Four dead bodies retrieved', says Mundi SP
Mundi Superintendent of Police said that they could retrieve four dead bodies and the rescue operation has been put on hold temporarily due to severity of flood waters. He said that operations would resume after the flood waters receded. Andhra Pradesh Minister Narayana said that special flight is being operated from Hyderabad to Chandigarh and three special 20 seater flights will be there from Chandigarh.

Cine actor Prabhas expresses sorrow:
Tollywood actor Prabhas expressed sorrow over the incident. He expressed his feelings in the Facebook and said "Very sad to hear about the tragedy. My prayers with all the families of HYDstudents, who lost their lives in Himachal- Prabhas".

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister orders inquiry:
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister who visited the site has ordered for an inquiry. 'Though incidents were happening at the dam, this is the major one', he said.

Governor Narasimhan expresses sorrow
Governor ESL Narasimhan expressed sorrow over the incident and conveyed condolences to the members of the families.

Union Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju rushes to Himachal Pradesh
Terming the incident as the most unfortunate, TDP senior leader and Union Minister for Civil Aviation P Ashok Gajapati Raju rushed to Himachal Pradesh to take stock of the relief operations. He said the relief operations are on in full-fledged way.

It is not an accident but an act of negligence', says TRS MP Kavitha
Speaking to media on Monday in Delhi, TRS Nizamabad MP Kavitha said that the incident is not an act of accident but an act of negligence. She said that there were no caution boards at the site of accident and the students from the State were done to death due to lack of precautions. She expressed deep condolences to the families.

Child rights Organization complains to HRC:
The Child Rights Organization on Monday lodged a complaint with the Human Rights Commission. They alleged that the 24 students died in flood waters in Himachal Prasad was due to the alleged negligence on the part of the college management. The HRC directed the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh State Governments and Hyderabad Police Commissioner to file a counter by August 4.

Arrangements are being made to shift four dead bodies:
Arrangements are being made to shift the four dead bodies retrieved by special flight to Hyderabad on Monday night. The dead bodies are expected to arrive at around 10pm at Hakempet airport. The deceased are identified are Akula Vijeta, Gampala Iswarya, Rambabu and Lakshmi.

President expresses condolences:
The President of India Pranab Mukherjee expressed deep condolences to the families. He asked the authorities to enquire into the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident and wanted action to be taken on the culprits. He suggested them to extend necessary help to the families of those deceased. He directed the authorities to expedite the rescue operations.

Special flight takes off from Chandigarh
A special flight took off from Chandigarh bringing four dead bodies of the students along with their parents. Telangana Home Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy is accompanying them. The flight is expected to arrive at Hyderabad around 11.30pm.

Special flight takes off from Chandigarh
A special flight took off from Chandigarh bringing four dead bodies of the students along with their parents. Telangana Home Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy is accompanying them. The flight is expected to arrive at Hyderabad around 11.30pm.

AICC president Sonia Gandhi expresses condolences
AICC president Sonia Gandhi expressed shock and condolences to the families. She spoke to the Chief Minister Veerabhadra Singh and enquired about the relief arrangements. She asked him to take action on those responsible for the incident.

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