Defence Minister A K Antony, while making a suo moto statement on the major fire on-board Indian submarine INS Sindhurakshak, said preliminary investigations indicate that the explosion was due to the possible ignition of armament.

"The cause, of ignition is however yet to be established. Visual and forensic examination would throw more light into the possible cause of ignition. This will be possible only after the submarine is afloat and dewatered. A Board of Inquiry with all relevant specialists has been constituted to investigate the likely causes of the accident at the earliest," Antony said in the statement. Read More

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