25-year-old MBA (Pharma) student Dilip Kotadiya belonged to Ahmedabad
A FINAL year MBA (Pharma) student of National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) in Mohali,Dalip Kotadiya,was feared dead after he drowned in the gushing waters of a subsidiary of Beas river near Manikaran gurdwara in Kullu,Himachal Pradesh.
The incident took place around 6 pm on Wednesday,but it was reported only on Thursday. Hailing from Ahmedabad in Gujarat ,the 25-year-old student was part of a 52-member group of MBA (Pharma) students from NIPER,which had gone on an excursion to Kullu,Manali and Manikaran,an official spokesperson of NIPER,Santosh Sohgaura,told Newsline .
Till reports last came in,the drowned student was not traced alive or dead and bad weather conditions were causing hurdles in undertaking the rescue operations.
To bring out the facts to fore,NIPER officiating Director Prof K K Bhutani on Thursday ordered an inquiry into the incident and formed a three-member committee,comprising NIPER Dean Prof Saranjit Singh and two external senators,Prof B S Tandon and Prof H S Nigah,to conduct an inquiry and report at the earliest.
Besides,a five-member special team of NIPER,headed by Deputy Registrar (Academics and Exams) Rajesh Moza,has been sent to the spot to assist and expedite the rescue operations. Our team,comprising three faculty members and two students,has reached the spot and sent back the remaining students of the excursion tour,who would be reaching here tonight, said Sohgaura,while informing that Dalips parents were also informed and were on their way to the spot.
The incident took place when the students were on their way back to Mohali and after paying obeisance at Manikaran gurdwara,they halted on the banks of Parvati stream,a subsidiary of Beas ,for a photo shoot. As Dalip stood on a stone with algae on it,he suddenly slipped and fell into the river,which was flowing with a heavy current, said Sohgaura.
The fellow students,none of whom knew swimming,ran along the river bank and shouted for help. Bad weather conditions hampered rescue operation till Thursday noon,with the rafting teams,ITBP and local police personnel searching for the drowned student to no avail.
The operation was again called off on Thursday evening. Trained divers would also be pressed into service on Friday to help trace the student. The students group,which included both boys and girls residing in hostels at NIPER,left Mohali after the Holi celebrations concluded on March 1 and were scheduled to return on Friday.