The district administration of Kullu today claimed that it was able to identify six bodies that it recovered from Larji dam of Manikaran bus victims. About 45 people have died in this mishap and about 23 have been missing since 23rd July 23, 2015 when this mishap occurred.
Mr. Rakesh Kanwar, Deputy Commissioner Kullu has said that nine bodies were recovered from Larji dam when the flood gate of dam was opened on Sunday to desalt it and moreover six more bodies have been recovered from the dam today.
He said that identifications of six bodies was done today when relatives of the deceased arrived at Kullu today moreover nine bodies, which may be of bus victims that are yet to be identified by their kith and kins.
He also said that most of the bodies were decomposed in the water but deceased were then identified from their belongings and clothes.
The Manikaran-bound bus plunged into the Parvati River on 23rd, July carrying more than 45 passengers on board and out of which most of them were from Mansa, Barnala and Bhatinda districts of Punjab.
Administration was grooving in darkness to fish out these bodies despite deploying Indian Navy divers, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Himachal Pradesh Police (HPP) and Home Guards (HPHG). The administration carried out a massive search operation to trace more bodies along 30 km river stretch in between the accident site near Sarsari village and Larji dam.
With the help of avid mariners of the Indian Navy deploying sonar (sound, navigation and ranging) technology these bodies were the major riddles for the authority that seems to be sorted out. With no major success in fishing out the left out bodies the relatives of pilgrims left for Punjab in dismay accusing the indifferent attitude of state governments.