The families of the victims of the Beas tragedy have decided to constitute a joint forum to fight the legal battle.
Reacting to the Wednesday decision of the Himachal Pradesh high court to direct the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board and VNR Vignan Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Hyderabad, to pay a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of victims, Rama Chandra Rao, uncle of victim Ritwik, said, "It's only an interim relief. We hail the decision. It has become clear that the college and dam authorities were responsible for the incident. We wanted that the parents of the victims should have also been impleaded in the case but it did not happen. There are many families who lost their only child. My nephew was also the only child. My brother is not in a condition to speak."
He said the parents of the victims would soon constitute a joint forum to fight the legal battle. "We will file a case against the college authorities in the Hyderabad court," he added.
Meanwhile, the family of Siva Prakash Verma, who was washed away along with 23 other students, finds it tough to come to terms with the tragedy. "We want nothing less than our son," says Siva's father Ravi Verma, a banker.
"The Himachal government should at least now take steps so that this does not happen again; after all, it's a tourist state," he said, blaming the dam officials for the tragedy. "There was no warning, no one heard the hooter," he said, demanding that the government put up proper signboards to warn visitors at places that are dangerous. "Had the warning signboards been there, the tragedy could have been averted. We will take a collective decision and chalk out further course of action. We want to ensure that such a tragedy does not take place again," he added.