Beas Tragedy: HP High Court tough on Govt.

A division bench of Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan observed Wednesday:

“We are of the considered view that, prima facie, there is evidence for holding that officials/officers have performed their duties negligently and because of their utter carelessness, callousness and negligence, 24 budding engineers have lost their lives. They (the aggrieved parents) are on thorns and the incident is pricking them every second. We are conscious that money is not a substitute, but may be just to ameliorate their pains and sufferings.It’s a sad tale by reason of the fact that the sheer fun of the young students turned out to be fatal as a consequence of utter and callous negligence of the power project authorities. In case the water has been discharged without any warning as alleged, then prima facie it is established that it is not only a case of callousness but a case of grave negligence on the part of the project authorities.” – IANS

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