Car plunges into swollen River Beas in Mandi, 1 dead, 6 washed away
SHIMLA-In a tragic accident, one person was killed and six other members of a family were feared washed away when a Nano car in which they were travelling skidded off the road and plunged into swollen Beas River in Mandi district after after it was hit by another car.
The eight occupants, hailing from Pandoh in Mandi district, were returning in the car from the famous Sikh shrine at Manikaran when the mishap occurred last night near Aut on Kiratpur-Manali National highway, about 180 kms from here.
An infant and four women were among those missing while one body has been recovered from Larji Dam, police said. The lone survivor has been admitted to a hospital at Mandi.
The deceased has been identified as Banita (24), a resident of village Saroa in Mandi district, the police said.
The missing persons have been identified as Meera Devi (38), her children Tilak Raj (14) and Chetna Devi (23), residents of Gaunce village, her son-in-law Monu from Pathankot and two-month-old granddaughter, and Divya (6). Chuni Lal (18) was rescued from the spot, they said.
Search operation was hampered due to darkness last night. It has resumed and efforts are being made to locate the others but chances of finding any survivor are very remote, a police officer informed. Local people and divers are assisting in the search operation. Administration believes those who washed away must have ended up in Larji dam.
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