Parvati river tragedy: Rescue operation launched to trace missing pilgrims

Parvati river tragedy: Rescue operation launched to trace missing pilgrims

accidentShimla, Jul 24 - Kullu District Administration this morning re-started the rescue operation to trace 28 pilgrims still missing after a tourist bus from Punjab plunged into Parvati river near Bhuntar in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh last evening. Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Kanwar told UNI that divers of Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB), jawans of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Seema Suraksha Bal (SSB) have been deployed to trace the missing people. The private tourist bus was reportedly carrying 55 pilgrims and was on its way from Anadpur Sahib to Manikaran. Mr Kanwar said seven bodies have been fished out from the river. The victims belong to Mansa, Barnala and Bhatinda districts of Punjab. Critically Iinjured have been rushed to PGI, Chandigarh. Rescue operation was stopped last night as it was not possible to venture inside the river to fish out more bodies as chance of survival of missing people are bleak. The river remains in spate during monsoon season and it was not possible to dive inside due to its strong current.

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