The search operation to retrieve the bodies of two students feared to have drowned in the Bhakra canal at Morinda on Saturday, continued for the third consecutive day on Monday.
On Monday evening, family members of the victims said the bodies could not be retrieved and the search would be resumed again on Tuesday.
Two students, identified as Robin and Gaurav, were swept away by the strong current of the canal on Saturday afternoon, after the duo along with four other students, all of Class XII, reached the canal for a trip from Chandigarh. Four others identified as Chirag, Tarun, Abhishek and Ashish returned safe from the canal.
According to family members, Robin jumped into the canal to save Gaurav, who had slipped into the water. Since then, the search operation is on, but the bodies have not be found yet.
A victim’s family member said on Monday the students had gone to the canal to celebrate the birthday of one of the friends.
“My brother left on Saturday morning for tuition saying that he would be late in the evening. He told us that he has to attend the birthday of a friend and would be late. We were not aware that he went to the canal,” Robin’s brother Raman Kumar told the Chandigarh Newsline.
Kumar said the family received a call on Saturday around 4pm. “We are praying that he is safe,” said the brother. The family lives on the CRPF campus in Behlana.
Close to the CRPF campus, there is the ITBP campus, where family members of Gaurav are expecting some positive news.
Police said: “We have alerted all the feeders of Bhakra canal and search operations are on to find the bodies.”
The family members of the victims complained that the administration has not provided them any help.