Shimla : Himachal Pradesh High Court ordered a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the parents of 24 Hyderabad engineering college students who were washed away in Beas river at Thalot in Mandi district on June 8. A division bench comprising Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan directed that the Larji Project authorities and management of VNR Vignana Jyothi College would bear the cost of compensation in 50:50 ratio (Rs 2.5 lakh each for each student).

The court ordered that the officials on duty at the Larji project dam on June 8, be arrayed as respondents and impleaded

Himachal State Load

Discharge Centre (SLDC) and Northern Region Load

Discharge Centre (NRLDC) as party.

The bench further said that “till the investigation is taken to its logical end by the

Investigating Officer and the petition is disposed off, we deem it proper to

exercise inherent powers to grant interim relief to the unfortunate parents, who are hapless, helpless, broken and shaken”.

“We are conscious that money is not a substitute, but may be just to ameliorate their pains and

sufferings,” it said.

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