March 12, 2016

Seven students from an engineering institute in Punjab still untraced

 Vijyender Sharma
SHIMLA----Seven students from an engineering institute in Punjab, who along with a guide had gone on a trekking expedition in the upper reaches of Manali in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, have gone missing since Friday.
The students of Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET), who, according to the institute authorities, left without informing, went missing in Malana area in Parvati valley in Kullu District of Himachal Pardesh due to inclement weather, police said.

Superintendent of Police, Kullu, Padam Chand said they got a call from a group of people saying that they had lost their way.

"We have not been able to find them. We don't know anything yet. But our rescue teams have found their footprints. Three teams were tracking their footprints, but they had to return because of heavy snowfall. We are also conducting an aerial survey in a helicopter," Mr Chand said.

The police have sent out teams to locate the group but snowfall and extreme weather conditions hampered rescue operations.

Dozens of trekkers have gone missing or have died in the valley in last two decades. In August last year, Polish national Bruno Muschalik had lost his way and there was no trace of him ever since.

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