A handout photograph released by the ministry of defence on Sunday shows Indian Navy divers at the conning tower of the INS Sindhurakshak in Mumbai. (AFP)
Silchar Aug. 18: Parents of Timothy Sinha and Naruttam Deuri, sailors from Assam who were aboard submarine INS Sindhurakshak when it went down on Tuesday night, are spending anxious days at a naval guest house in Mumbai as DNA test is being carried out to identify their sons.
The Russia-built submarine exploded when its 18 sailors were getting ready for routine patrolling off Mumbai sea coast.
The Indian Navy today said they have gained access to the forward compartment of the submarine by breaking open the jammed hatches. However, there were no reports of any more bodies being located in the vessel till now.
Till yesterday, six bodies have been recovered from the submarine, which now lies at the bottom of the sea at the naval dockyard in Mumbai where it went down following a series of explosions.
Timothy’s mother, Mitra Chakravarty Sinha, told The Telegraph today over phone from Mumbai that she and her pastor husband Vidyaratan Sinha last night gave fresh blood samples to help doctors and scientists establish the identity of their son.
She said senior naval officials were holding daily briefings for the parents, who have come from various parts of the country, to facilitate the process of identification of the charred and decomposed bodies recovered from the Arabian Sea.
Timothy’s mother also said the assembled parents have been asked to stay at the naval guest house to help in the identification procedure and complete signing of papers for payment of grants due to the next of kin of the victims.
She said they had arranged for a thanksgiving prayer in a Mumbai church last night. She said this was part their son’s wish, who had told them not to mourn him if he dies while on duty for his country.
The wait for news of his son, Naruttam, is beginning to tell on his father Jyotish Chandra Deuri, who today asked —in some desperation — the naval authorities to provide information. Deuri has been in Mumbai since Thursday after being summoned to help identify his son’s body.
One of Naruttam’s uncles, Kebinet, also reached Mumbai today to be by Jyotish Chandra’s side. The Lakhimpur district administration had arra-nged for his trip to Mumbai.
“We have also asked the authorities to consider some settlement for the family since it is poor,” he said, adding that there had been communication problem between his brother and the officials because of language for which Jyotish Chandra felt all at sea over the past few days.