Beas tragedy: Andhra college students to urge PM for independent probe

In connection with the tragedy in which fellow students of their college were killed in a river mishap, the students of Andhra Pradesh-based VNR Vijyana Jyothi Institute of Engineering will write to the Prime Minister`s Office seeking an independent probe into the incident and to accelerate ongoing relief measures.

Last Updated: Jun 13, 2014, 09:40 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Hyderabad: In connection with the tragedy in which fellow students of their college were killed in a river mishap, the students of Andhra Pradesh-based VNR Vijyana Jyothi Institute of Engineering will write to the Prime Minister`s Office seeking an independent probe into the incident and to accelerate ongoing relief measures.

Some survivors of the incident will also file an RTI query seeking to know what procedures and precautions were taken by authorities concerned before discharge of water from the Larji dam into the Beas river which led to the incident.
P Anirudh, a representative of students and others, said: "The RTI query will expose the alleged negligence of the Himachal Pradesh government on why danger mark sign boards were not placed near the dam and on lack of fencing near the river besides why no siren or alarm was sounded before the release of water".

Twenty four out of 48 students of the VNR Vijyana Jyothi Institute of Engineering here, who had gone on a study tour on June 03, were swept away in the swirling waters of the Beas river while taking photographs on Sunday.
The students have demanded that the central government give a bravery award (posthumous) to one Kiran Kumar, a missing student in the incident who rescued three students from being washed away in the river.

(With PTI inputs)