Mandi tragedy: Video surfaces, parents appeal to TV channels not to air it

The video clearly shows the victims struggling to save themselves from the rising waters by clinging onto rocks.

By: Express News Service | Mandi | Updated: June 12, 2014 11:12 am
Relatives of the missing engineering students at Pandoh Dam in Mandi on Wednesday.  (Source: PTI) Relatives of the missing engineering students at Pandoh Dam in Mandi on Wednesday. (Source: PTI)

A chilling video – capturing the last moments of those washed away by the Beas waters – has now gone viral, prompting the parents of the missing engineering students to appeal to television channels to not air the footage as it would traumatise their family members back home.

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The video, shot by a local resident, surfaced on Wednesday. It clearly shows the victims struggling to save themselves from the rising waters by clinging onto rocks. “It should not be shown by channels but is good evidence for the probe ordered by the state government,” said B V Suba Rao, a parent.

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The video shows students standing on the boulders in the river bed and clicking pictures when waters begin to swirl in the background. Within seconds, the rocks get submerged. Victims are heard screaming while some try to swim to safety but in vain as the currents are too strong. It also shows passers-by and locals looking to save the students before giving up.

Mandi Divisional Commissioner Onkar Sharma, who is part of the government probe, said he would try to get the original video to make it part of evidence. Parents who saw the video said some of the survivors had described the same details.

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    George
    Jun 13, 2014 at 4:26 am
    It's clear from the video that they had enough time to get to safety but chose not to for whatever reason
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      Kewal Bazaz
      Jun 12, 2014 at 5:31 pm
      A local cried that water is rising but students were themselves not interested to move up instead were taken by the currents. Children are somewhere themselves responsible for this.
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        Rock Smith
        Jun 12, 2014 at 6:09 am
        I checked that video on youtube and I have seen many students still standing on the rock enjoying the water flowing, not realizing the danger, as they still had a chance to get out of the river. That same thing happened with another video of a family which really did not make serious effort of getting out of water when the flow started increasing.
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          Gaurav Aggarwal
          Jun 13, 2014 at 1:23 am
          Yes clearly mistake of the students.Dont intervene with mother nature.
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