The tragedy at Manikaran has left Rogal village in Sangrur district shattered. All seven of the victims hail from here while 11 residents have been injured in the boulder crash.
On Sunday, 18 people had left for Manikaran on nine motorcycles. Villagers said they haven’t been able to contact any of them ever since they heard of the landslide but have found out that a few of them had survived. Sarpanch Chandi Ram accompanied 10 others, including parents of a few victims, to meet the injured and identify the bodies.
“Six bodies have been identified to be those of Kaka Singh, Gopal Singh, Soni Ram, Laddi, Rajveer Singh and Gurdeep Singh,” said Gogi Chaudhary, a resident. The injured have been admitted to local hospitals in Kullu, he added.
Later, the seventh body too was identified to be that of Yadwinder Singh. Sukhwinder Singh, his father, confirmed this to The Indian Express. “I don’t have the courage to look at his body,” said Sukhwinder.
“My son used to visit Manikaran on a regular basis. This is unbelievable,” said Maghar Singh, father of Soni Ram. Hardial Singh, father of Kaka Singh, cut a figure of grief over the news of his son’s death.