The Aut police have registered a case under sections 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the Larji power project authorities, even as the body of another victim of the Mandi tragedy was recovered on Tuesday.
Twenty-four vacationing students of VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Hyderabad, were washed away in a heavy surge of water when the floodgates of the power project were opened, allegedly without any warning, around 6.45pm on Sunday. The students, along with faculty members, were on their way to Manali from Shimla when the incident occurred at Thalout, around 40 km from Mandi town.
The student whose body was fished out of the Beas river on Tuesday was identified as Devashish Bose. "The body was recovered around 6am from near the Pandoh dam, whose gates have been closed after the incident," said Mandi deputy commissioner Devesh Kumar, adding that the body would be flown to Hyderabad in a helicopter. Four bodies had been recovered on Monday. The fate of 19 students is still not known.
The police have deputed assistant sub-inspector Mohar Singh to investigate the matter pertaining to the FIR.
Rs 1.5 lakh for each family
The Himachal Pradesh government on Tuesday announced Rs 1.5 lakh compensation for the family of each deceased student.
Transport minister GS Bali, rural development minister Anil Sharma and Disaster Management Board chairman Rajinder Rana visited the mishap site to take stock of the search-and-rescue operation. They also met members of Parliament from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh at Pandoh and apprised them of the steps being taken by the state government to recover the bodies at the earliest.
Meanwhile, Mandi divisional commissioner Onkar Sharma on Tuesday started an inquiry into the incident.
The probe was ordered by chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday. Sharma visited the spot and also met local people.
Fifty-five parents and relatives of 19 missing students have also reached Mandi. The anxious kin demanded that the search-and-rescue operation be expedited. They also met officials of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).