"The National Human Rights Commission issued notices to the chief secretary, Government of Himachal Pradesh and to the deputy commissioner, Mandi, calling for a report in the matter within two weeks," a statement said here.

24 engineering students and a tour operator were washed away into the turbulent river by a wall of water while they were busy clicking photographs near the Larji Hydropower project.

The students, from the V N R Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Hyderabad, were on an excursion to Manali.

"The state government admitted that the authorities did not follow the right protocol on use of hooters and other warning signals on the release of the water from the Hydel Project," it said.


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