Nearly three months after 25 people, including 24 engineering students of a Hyderabad-based institute, were washed away in Beas river in Mandi following the sudden release of water from Larji dam project, police on Tuesday filed a chargesheet naming nine people — six officials of the Larji project and three faculty members of the institute who were accompanying the students.
Mandi Superintendent of Police Mohit Chawla said all the six officials of the Larji project were on duty at the time when the water was released from the dam. They all have been booked under sections 304 (A) (causing death by negligence) and 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others) of the IPC.
The investigations in the case are being monitored by Himachal Pradesh High Court, which had initiated proceedings against the Larji project authorities and the management of VNR Vigyan Jyoti Institute of Engineering & Technology for negligence and endangering the lives of the students.
Earlier, a high-level probe by Mandi Divisional Commissioner had also indicted Larji project authorities for negligence as there was no proper warning system in place and the dam officials did not take precaution before abruptly releasing water into the river. Apart from 24 students, a tour operator had also lost his life in the flash flood on June 8. It took almost a month to recover the bodies of the students. The body of the tour operator is yet to be traced.
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