Post-landslide, Manikaran gurdwara management told to vacate premises
Sensing danger in the area near the Manikaran gurdwara and its surroundings, the Kullu district administration has advised tourists and pilgrims not to visit the shrine for the next few days. The gurdwara management has also been asked to vacate the building immediately.punjab Updated: Aug 20, 2015 15:38 IST
Sensing danger in the area near the Manikaran gurdwara and its surroundings, the Kullu district administration has advised tourists and pilgrims not to visit the shrine for the next few days. The gurdwara management has also been asked to vacate the building immediately.
Kullu SDM Rohit Rathore said: “There is a loose stratum in the upper hillside and a few boulders may roll down and create havoc in the area anytime. A team of experts was sent to the area today to review the situation and issue safety guidelines to the people of the area.”
Injured people in the Manikaran mishap getting treatment at the Zonal hospital in Kullu. (Aqil khan/HT)
“The gurdwara authorities have been asked to vacate the building immediately as danger still persists in the area. We have also urged the tourists to refrain from visiting the gurdwara as the building in unsafe,” he added.
Rathore said the chances of more casualty seemed bleak as the documents provided by the gurdwara committee cleared that there were 18 people staying in the damaged part of the building. He said seven bodies were retrieved soon after the incident and 11 injured were shifted to a hospital on Tuesday evening.
The bodies have been sent to their village in Punjab’s Sangrur and the district administration has given Rs 25,000 each to the family of deceased as an immediate relief. The remaining Rs 3.75 lakh relief money would be given through deputy commissioners of the state concerned, he added.
The family members of the deceased and a few officials of the Punjab government reached the district on Wednesday morning.
CCTV footage of the Manikaran tragedy
SGPC announces compensation for kin of seven deceased
Amritsar: The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Wednesday announced monetary compensation for the families of the pilgrims killed when a landslide damaged a portion of the Manikaran gurdwara on Tuesday.
SGPC secretary Manjit Singh said the next of kin of the seven victims would get Rs 50,000 each, while the injured people would get Rs 25,000 each. An SGPC team led by member Daljit Singh Bhinder has left for Manikaran to assess the damage to the shrine. Takht Keshgarh Sahib manager Sukhwinder Singh Grewal will also reach the site with relief material and rations for the community kitchen.
A father can't hold himself from weeping after he lost his son in the Manikaran landslide incident which took the life of at least seven people. (Aqil khan/HT)
Patiala: The cremation of the seven dead pilgrims will be held at their native Rogla village on Thursday. The bodies will arrive at the village on Wednesday late night in a special vehicle. Their post-mortem was done at Kullu hospital.
Deputy superintendent of police Manjit Singh said. “A police party from the district and officials from the administration are camping with the aggrieved families in Kullu to help them complete all formalities,” he claimed.
Cabinet minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa visited the Rogla village and directed officials to make all arrangements for the cremation of the deceased. “Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has spoken to his Himachal counterpart and has been assured that all injured are in safe hands,” Dhindsa claimed.
Meanwhile, a pall of gloom descended in the village which has lost seven of its young men, with another 11 injured. The group had left for a religious expedition to Manikaran on motorcycles.