Two days after a series of explosions rocked the Navy's frontline underwater craft, igniting a massive blaze around Tuesday midnight, only five bodies of the 18 on board the ill-fated submarine, including three officers, have been pulled out since Friday morning. (Agencies)
The ‘severely disfigured bodies are so badly charred that on-the-spot identification was impossible, Defence spokesman Narendra Vispute said.
"The damage and the destruction within the submarine around the control room area indicate that the feasibility of locating bodies of the personnel in the forward part of the submarine is also very remote as the explosion and very high temperatures, which melted steel within, would have incinerated the bodies too," a release from the Navy said.
"The state of the bodies and condition within the submarine leads to firm conclusion that finding any surviving personnel within the submarine is unlikely," it said.
Meanwhile, the police have registered a case of accidental death in connection with the worst peacetime tragedy suffered by the Navy. The case has been registered under section 174 CrPC relating to accidental death on the basis of a statement by Gopal Singh Rajput, a doctor attached with Sindhurakshak.
Boiling water inside the submarine had thwarted all attempts by rescuers at entering the ill-fated Russian-made submarine till Wednesday.
Russia says it will assist India in submarine probe
Russian naval engineers will help Indian Navy in its investigation into the explosion on
Sindhurakshak, the submarine which sank in Mumbai port after blasts on Wednesday, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Friday.
He told Russian news agency Ria Novosti that Russian specialists do not see any technical failure as the likely cause behind the incident.
Rogozin, who looks after the defence industry, said he had instructed United Shipbuilding Corporation, a state-owned ship building company, to send more specialists to Indian "in agreement with the Indian side to provide all assistance necessary to our Indian friends".
"I have instructed the United Shipbuilding Corporation to send more specialists in agreement with the Indian side, to take part in the investigation of the tragedy and to provide all assistance necessary to our Indian friends," said Rogozin.
The submarine had recently returned after a major upgrade programme in Russia.
US, France, Germany offer help to India
Many countries including the US and France have offered help to India in its ongoing operations to bring out bodies in the sunken submarine INS Sindhurakshak.
Navy sources said that if there is need, assistance may be sought from these countries. Soon after the mishap, countries like the US, France and Germany had offered help to the Indian authorities in the rescue operations of the submarine which sank after a blast with 18 people on board.
The countries which have offered help have a long history of operating and building submarines and have the required expertise in such situations.
With the help to be sought by the Navy from foreign sources for salvaging the ship, the sources said the Navy has very limited in-house capabilities in this regard.
India is in talks with a few international companies who have an expertise in salvaging warships. The Navy had recently hired a Dutch firm for salvaging its frigate INS Vidhyagiri, which had hit a merchant vessel while entering the Mumbai harbour two years back.
Two days after a series of explosions rocked the Navy's frontline underwater craft, igniting a massive blaze around Tuesday midnight, only five bodies of the 18 on board the ill-fated submarine, including three officers, have been pulled out since Friday morning.