Telangana home minister Nayini Narasimha Reddy has said that action would be taken against the engineering college in Hyderabad that brought its students to Himachal Pradesh for a study tour without taking enough precautions.
Reddy, who has camped at the accident site near Mandi, to monitor the rescue operations and retrieval of the bodies from the Beas river also demanded strict action against the dam officials for releasing water without warning.
“There are no industries here for them to have come in the name of study tour. This is nothing but a picnic, at the behest of the college authorities. And for such a big a group of students there were not enough teachers to manage them,” Reddy told HT over phone.
Reddy, who was rushed there by the Telangana CM K Chandrasekhara Rao, said that he would submit a report to the CM on the incident, based on which norms on such tours could be formed.
“Parents complained that there was no proper response from the college authorities when they went there to know the fate of their children.”
The BTech students were from VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology, one of the top colleges of Hyderabad.
The state home minister, however, has primarily held the dam officials responsible for the ghastly incident.
“The dam gates were opened without any warning or siren, which is the reason for the drowning. This is sheer negligence of the dam officials. Mere suspensions of a few would not do, there has to be some strict action to see such incidents are not repeated,” Reddy said.
He added that in such tourist spots water should be released only during the night.