Shimla: About two dozen students said to be from an engineering college from South India are feared to have been trapped by sudden rise in Beas River waters downstream of Larji Project at Talot Village on the border of Kullu and Mandi districts.
Additional district magistrate of Mandi, Pankaj Rai, who was rushing to the site, over phone let Hill Post know that, “a police information report had alerted the district administration about some students having been trapped because of sudden rise in the Beas River waters.”
As I’m on my way, the details will only emerge after I reach the site, said Pankaj Rai.
Independent sources claimed that the sudden rise in river waters occurred because of the hydropower plant authorities suddenly releasing water downstream from the dam that has caught the students by surprise.
Some students are even feared to have been washed away by the strong currents.
With nightfall in the region, rescue operations were being hindered as white water rafters in the valley were reluctant to take to the waters in such conditions.
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The students are said to belong to VNR Vignan Jyothi Engineering College, Hyderabad and as many as 24 of the batch of 38 are reported missing.
The students, who were on summer vacation were said to clicking photographs at the edge of the river bank near Talot Village, when without any warnings the waters started to rise.
Of those missing 18 are boy and 6 girl students, according to preliminary information available.
Agitated villagers had blocked the road in protest against the dam authorities for releasing water without any forewarning.