Three more bodies were recovered from Beas river on Sunday, 14 days after 25 persons, including 24 engineering students from Hyderabad, were swept away in the river on June 8, taking the number of those found to 16.
Rescuers recovered the bodies which surfaced in Pandoh Dam, and the three were identified as Bairinene Ritwik, C H Parmeshwar and Muppidi Kiran Kumar, Mandi Superintendent of Police, R S Negi said.
With this, 16 bodies have been recovered and nine more persons, including three girls and a co-tour Prahlad, are to be found. Massive search operations, aided by advanced technology, were launched to locate 24 BTech students of VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Hyderabad, and a tour leader, who were washed away in Beas river on June 8 after sudden release of water from the reservoir of the Larji hydro-power project near Thalot.
About 600 rescue personnel of NDRF, Army, Police, ITBP and 40 expert divers continued the search on Sunday.
DDC vice-chairperson Ashish Khetan said, “As of today he does not hold the charge anymore.”