Families Of Deceased Telangana Students To Receive Rs. 25 Lakh Compensation Following SC Order

Supreme Court has ordered compensation for families of 24 students belonging to VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology at Bachupally, who died in 2014 due to drowning near Kulu Manali in Himachal Pradesh.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday struck down the petition filed by the Himachal Pradesh Government against compensation to be paid over the death of Telugu students in that State. The apex court also directed the HP Government to pay Rs. 25 lakhs to the family of each of the deceased within three months.

It may be recalled that 24 students of the VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology at Bachupally near Hyderabad had drowned and died in an overflowing Beas River of Haryana in 2014, following opening of the gates of a dam upstream. The deceased students were part of a 48-member group of the college that had gone to Kulu Manali as part of an educational tour.

On a petition by parents of the deceased, the Himachal Pradesh High Court ordered the HP Government to pay compensation to each of the families of the deceased. The State Government then approached the Supreme Court against the HC order.

An apex court bench, comprising Justice NV Ramana, made it clear that the Himachal Government must take responsibility for the incident, as the students had died due to a mistake committed by the government.  Responding to the government’s contention that a siren was blown to alert people about the opening of the dam gates and the students did not bother, the Supreme Court asked how the students could hear the siren when the water was released from heights at a far away distance.

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