Mandi Tragedy: Side scan sonars deployed to intensify the search for missing dead bodies

The technology will be used to trace bodies apparently buried and entrapped in sand mud and rock boulders.

Written by Ashwani Sharma | Mandi | Published: June 15, 2014 10:58:05 am
mandi Search operation being carrying out in Mandi. (Source: PTI)

With manual efforts of NDRF, Indian Navy, Army and ITBP failing, Himachal Pradesh on Sunday deployed ‘Side Scan Sonars’, a highly sophisticated technology to trace missing bodies of engineering students who got washed in Beas river last week.

This is first time the technology will be used at Pandoh dam and Beas river to trace bodies apparently buried and entrapped in sand mud and rock boulders. M Subramanian, a navy commander supervising the operation, said the technology is very useful in under water surveys and studies of objects including human bodies .

It is for the first time such an advanced technology will be used in a search operation . The equipment will be taken in the water on a board for mapping of the dam area and also the river surface sound waves generated will be stored in the computer fitted in the boat for analysis. The divers will be at stand by action once any body is traced at a particular site in the water.

Through this technique, says deputy commissioner of Mandi,  Divesh Kumar, a serious attempt will be made to map the entire surface under water and later get its images printed to help in search at specific sites to trace the bodies.

Telangana Home Minister Naini Narsimha Seddy said that the help from other organisations including National Institute of Oceanology has also been sought as manual efforts need to be supplemented by new technologies.

So far only eight bodies have been traced in last one week.

Meanwhile, parents of missing students are camping in Mandi waiting to get the dead bodies traced from the river.’

On Saturday, three km stretch of the river was dried up in a special effort to search for the missing dead bodies.

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