Himachal high court seeks status report on labourers trapped inside tunnel

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Friday directed the Border Roads Organisation and the central government to file a status report in the ongoing operation to rescue three labourers trapped inside an under-construction tunnel.

The workers have been trapped inside the tunnel in Bilaspur district for the past six days.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed these orders on a suo motu cognizance taken by the court on the basis of media reports regarding the accident.

The court directed them to file the status report on or before September 22, the next date of hearing.

Earlier, the court directed the central and the state governments along with the National Highway Authority of India and Himalayan Construction Company, which is constructing the tunnel, to submit the status report.

Rescuers on Wednesday night managed to establish contact with two workers. However, the whereabouts of the third worker are not yet known.