A probe committee formed by the government to investigate the incident in which Jaya Singh Dhami went missing has started its work from today.

The committee that reached Darchula yesterday held discussion with security forces and police personnel deployed at the incident site today. The committee headed by Joint-secretary Janardan Gautam at the Ministry of Home Affairs held talks with security personnel.

The committee also held talks with journalists, human rights activists, political party leaders and people's representatives. The committee members are also interrogating eyewitnesses. The committee has ten days to submit the report to the government.

The committee comprise DIG Purushottam Kandel, National Investigation Department Director Hutaraj Thapa, APF SSP Suresh Kumar Shrestha and Darchula CDO Jyotsata Bhatta as its members.

Eyewitnesses say that Jaya Singh Dhami went missing in the Mahakali River after two SSB soldiers cut off the tuin that Dhami was using to cross the river.

India, however, refuted the allegation that SSB soldiers' were involved in the incident. Eyewitnesses Kalyan Singh Dhami, Anita Dhami, and Bikram Rangoli have been kept under police vigilance.

They have been barred from meeting journalists.

A version of this article appears in the print on August 5 2021, of The Himalayan Times.