Beas tragedy: Parents asked to return Home

The massive search operations, aided by Side-scan Sonar device, continued for seventh day today but rescue teams made no headway in finding bodies of 17 persons of a tourist group who were washed away in Beas river near Thalot in Mandi district on June 8.

Since there is no breakthrough in fishing out bodies from Beas river even though site-scan sonar and remote-sensing technology were used by rescue teams, the Mandi district administration, police officials and the Telangana home minister who are camping in Mandi today requested parents to leave for their native places.

A review meeting was held by the Mandi district administration with police officials, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana representatives and parents after the rescue teams could not trace bodies in the river on Sunday.

Mandi district superintendent of police RS Negi told Express over phone that they had taken a decision to continue search operation. The police officials and Telangana home minister Nayini Narasimha Reddy have requested the parents of 16 students, whose bodies are yet to be traced, to leave Mandi after leaving their contact addresses, email IDs and phone numbers with the officials.

Many parents, who have been camping here since the students went missing, have decided to leave for their native places. Many parents have now seems to have lost all hopes that any more bodies will be found. In fact even though no one is forcing them to leave a number of parents have started leaving for their native places.