Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Tuesday asked the state government to file a report by June 16 on Sunday’s tragic incident in which 24 students were washed away by the flash-floods in the Beas river.Â The court called it a case of grave negligence.
“Going by the content of news items, it is a sad tale that sheer fun of young students turned fatal as a consequence of utter and callous negligence of power project authorities,” said a judge.
The direction from the High Court came after a huge outcry over the tragic incident and reports that the engineers at the Larji hydropower plant allegedly discharged water into the river without a warning.Â
Himachal Rural Development Minister Anil Sharma admitted lapses by the Manali dam officials, which led to the tragic killing of engineering students from Telangana.
Meanwhile, the Telangana government has decided to take legal action against the Himachal Pradesh Dam authority as well as the V N R Engineering College to which the students who drowned in the tragedy belonged to.Â