Manali: Telangana govt to sue dam officials, college authorities

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Manali, June 10: The search for the 21 missing students who were among the 24 people, washed away in the Manali Dam tragedy, is still on. Meanwhile, the Telangana government has decided to register a case of negligence against the Himachal Pradesh Dam authority as well as the college where the students studied.

Telangana Home Minister Narsimha Reddy said,"The Telangana government will take legal action against the Himachal Pradesh dam authority for criminal negligence leading to the loss of innocent lives and the college authorities for taking students for a picnic by saying it was an industrial training tour."

Till now, 5 bodies have been fished out from the water and have been sent to Hyderabad. Rest 21 people, including the tour guide, are still missing. All the members, barring one, of the 25 member team were washed away by the water released from the Larji dam in the Beas river. The Himachal Pradesh court has taken suo motu cognisance of the tragedy and has asked the government to produce a report within 6 days.

Students and eyewitnesses claimed that there was no hooter or siren to warn the people of the water release. The dam authorities, however, deny these allegations. In fact, the DGP said that prior warning was given and that the students may not have paid attention.

For the time being, an FIR has been registered and the entire staff at the Larji Dam have been suspended.

Seemandhra Chief Minister, Chandrababu Naidu said,"I condemn the delay by the officials or the government. Also it is not enough to sound a warning. Enough precautions were not taken. This is not the correct approach."

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