The rescuers on Friday recovered one more body of Hyderabad engineering students from the Beas River. With this, the total number of bodies recovered touched to 13.
The 12 persons, including 11 students and one tour co-operator are still missing. The deceased student whose body was recovered on Friday has been identified as B Mahen Sai Raj. His bloated body surfaced from the river at Pandoh reservoir.
The rescue teams have recovered five bodies in last three days. The college staff camping here identified the body which was later flown to Andhra Bhawan in Delhi after conducting autopsy at Zonal Hospital Mandi.
Mandi deputy commissioner Devesh Kumar, who is overseeing the search operation, said the strong currents in the Beas River have swept away the bodies into Pandoh Reservoir- 15-km downstream the incident spot.
“The remaining bodies are in process of getting bloated and would surface automatically,” said Kumar.
Meanwhile, the search operation to find the missing students continued on the 12th day on Friday.
At least 25 persons, including 24 students of Hyderabad-based VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology were washed away in gushing water of Beas River at Thalout near Mandi town on June 8 after sudden release of water by state owned Larji Hydro-Power Project.
The students were on an excursion trip to Manali and had ventured into the Beas River to click photographs.
The rescue teams had found eight bodies in the first four days of rescue operation. However, there was no significant headway in finding trace of others for next five days, even after deploying high-tech marine devices and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in the search operation.
Meanwhile, the government inquiry report into the incident has held the Larji project authorities responsible for the incident citing gross negligence in releasing water into the river.