Parents protest against inaction over Beas tragedy

Parents protest against inaction over Beas tragedy

Parents Protest Against Inaction Over Beas Tragedy. Some demand arrest of the faculty, others want compensation from management.

Some demand arrest of the faculty, others want compensation from management

A dharna was staged outside Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology on Monday where a group of parents demanded the arrest of the college management and faculty over the Beas tragedy.

One of the frustrated parents questioned, "Why is the college management not letting any third party meet any of the survivors and why aren't any cases filed yet even after so many lives have been lost?"

Despite the fact that recreational tours were banned by the JNTU, many colleges took lenience to hold one in the garb of an 'educational tour'. The JNTU had highlighted that recreational tours were not part of the curriculum.

"Even after a tour was held, the faculty weren't responsible enough to handle it properly," spoke another parent.

"Himachal Pradesh has many rivers and dams and it's necessary to be cautious. But what had the faculty done? It's high time for the authorities to take action and arrest the faculty and see that the management bears the loss," said one of the parents sternly.

He added, "Students' lives have to be safeguarded from such irresponsible, commercial educational systems and bribe monsters. The families have to be paid proper compensation."

Another parent groused, "The management has played with the tender lives of many youngsters and it's high time another tragedy is prevented. Seventeen bodies are yet to be recovered and the government has to cancel the licence of the college and take them into custody, which is the reason why we are holding the dharna."

Recalling the previous fatality where two students from the college had lost their lives at Pulichintala in 2012, one of the activists who was part of the dharna, said, "Earlier also two deaths had been reported. Only if proper action was taken then, many lives could have been saved today."

She added that the management was playing innocent by shedding crocodile tears instead of thinking what all could be done as part of a recovery mechanism.

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