Seven students of Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET), Longowal in Punjab, and a local guide, who were on a trekking expedition, have gone missing in Malana area of Parvati valley in the district. Malana is about 65 km from the district headquarters here.
Kullu superintendent of police Padam Chand said they received the information on Friday morning and efforts were on to locate the group. However, since there is forecast of rain, bad weather could jeopardise the rescue efforts, he said.
The group was in contact with the police till Friday afternoon through phone, which, too, were switched off by the evening.
The SP said he got a call from a relative of guide Bharat Parkash that the group had lost way during trekking between Malana and Chanderkahni pass.
“All seven youths are students of Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET) Longowal in Sangrur district of Punjab. The group arrived here on March 8 and hired Bharat Parkash as their guide for trekking. They trekked to Bijli Mahadev, before moving towards Malana village. The group, however, is not in a snowbound area,” the SP said.
“An 11-member team comprising police personnel, home guards and local trekkers has been pressed into service to rescue the tourists. We are waiting for updates from the team,” said Chand.
Police have no information about the antecedents of the group members.
Reports of tourists getting lost in the hinterland of the valley are not new. At least 18 foreign trekkers have gone missing since 1991 in the district and they could never be traced. In August last year, Polish national Bruno Muschalik had lost his way and there was no trace of him ever since.