A special search operation would be launched tomorrow for tracing the missing students of Thalot tragedy by lowering the water level to the minimum possible level. pers and contingents from Army, State Police, Navy, National Disaster Response Force and SSB would participate in this operation. This was stated by Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Anil Sharma while addressing media persons after presiding over the meeting held at Pandoh Dam complex in Mandi District today to review the search operation.
Anil Sharma said that out of a total 600 jawans, about 450 jawans and pers would undertake this special search operation in 3 kms. stretch towards Pandoh Dam. He said that Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has taken a serious note of this tragedy and has directed the State Government and District Administration to provide all possible help to all the agencies engaged in this operation. He said that the Government was constantly in touch with the Telangana Government as well as various rescue teams besides was providing all possible help to the parents of missing students. Interacting with the media the Home Minister of Telangana N. Narsimha Reddy thanked the Government of Himachal Pradesh was providing all possible help to the effected families. He appreciated the efforts being made by the Himachal Government in tracing the missing students for which he was thankful to the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. He also thanked the Himachal Government for providing adequate boarding and lodging facilities for the parents of the missing students and other agencies involved in search operation. Member of Parliament of Telangana Jitender Reddy and Vinod Kumar, Deputy Commissioner Mandi pesh Kumar and S.P. Mandi R.S. Negi were also present on the occasion.