Barge P305 mishap: ONGC and Mathews submit documents to Mumbai police | Mumbai News

MUMBAI: Officials of two companies, ONGC and Mathews, on Saturday submitted documents to the Yellow Gate police probing the barge P305’s mishap case which had adrift and sank in the sea on May 17.
The documents were being submitted to the police after the investigators had issued summons to them earlier this week.
The Yellow Gate police said that it had received 71 bodies and 18 of them were still unidentified. As many as 53 bodies, identified by relatives, have been handed over to them. The Navy had rescued 186 crew members who were on P305 during its rescue operation and recovered bodies too.
The police are probing a case of culpable homicide amounting not to murder against Rakesh Ballav, captain of P305, and others.
Some bodies were brought from Raigarh which are suspected to be of tug Varaprada crew members. Varaprada had 13 crew members when it sank on May 17. While two of them Francis Simson (51) and Saheb Sapan Bhutia (23) survived and were rescued by INS Kolkata, 11 others had gone missing.
A police officer said that they were busy collecting the documents and examining them. “Our probe is on and we are collecting information from all the agencies concerned,” said an officer. Mathew had provided the maximum manpower, 192 crew members, who were working on P305, said a police officer.
Meanwhile, two bodies of tug Varaprada crew Rakesh Kumar (34) and Pankaj Kumar Sharma (45) were identified by their relatives in Gujarat. The bodies will be handed over to them, said police. The police till Saturday had, with the help of doctors at the Nagpada police hospital, collected the blood samples of 29 relatives of the crew members. The blood samples will be sent to the Kalina forensic science laboratory to match with the unidentified bodies.
Meanwhile, police have also roped in some private marine experts to understand the functioning of recruitment / manpower supplying companies. “We are taking help to understand how their system works,” said an officer. Suhas Hemadi, senior inspector of Yellow Gate police station, has been appointed investigating officer in this case.

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