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

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)
Express News Service | Mandi | Posted: June 12, 2014 9:36 am | Updated: June 12, 2014 11:12 am

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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