The bloated body of M Vishnu Vardhan Reddy from Hyderabad was recovered last evening, while the body of another victim, identified as Baswaraj Sandeep was fished out on Tuesday, Deputy Commissioner (Mandi) Devesh Kumar said.

Both the bodies had remained underwater for more than three weeks and were spotted floating in Pandoh Dam, 15 km downstream Beas from the accident spot Thalot, rescuers said, adding both the bodies were badly decomposed.

With this the total number of bodies recovered so far has risen to 21 and the fate of four persons, including three students and a co-tour leader is not known yet.

Meanwhile, the search operations for the remaining four persons continued for the 23rd day and rescue teams expressed hope that they would be recovered soon.

The students from the VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology were on a holiday trip to Manali, where they were swept away on the evening of June 8 when Larji hydro-power project authorities suddenly released water from the Dam allegedly without prior notification.

The Himachal Pradesh High Court had taken suo moto notice of the tragedy and awarded an interim compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the students on June 25.

A division bench of Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan had also made it clear that a criminal probe into the matter would continue and courts would monitor its progress.


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