Two Nuclear Submarine Engineers found dead on Railway tracks in Visakhapatnam

elv8sk7uVisakhapatnam: Bodies of two defence personnel were found under suspicious circumstances on the railway tracks falling under the Pendurty railway station of East Coast Railways (ECoR) here on Sunday morning.

On being informed by railway trackmen, Government Railway Police (GRP) at Visakhapatnam railway station immediately reached the spot. Following enquiries, one of the deceased was identified as KK Josh, 34, Chief Engine Eoom Artificer (CERA) at Shipbuilding Centre, a unit of Ministry of Defence at the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) premises here. The other was identified as Abhish Shivam, 33, a Chief Engineer working at INS Arihant, India’s first nuclear-powered submarine.

While Josh, a resident of Kakani Nagar near the airport, was a native of Kozhikode, Shivam belonged to Ernakulam district in Kerala and was living at the Navy quarters at Dolphins Hills. Both of them were posted in the city three years ago.

The GRP team along with a dog squad and fingerprint team scouted the area around the tracks and collected clues. While GRP cops maintained that a case was registered and awaiting the postmortem report from King George Hospital, relatives of the deceased and the leaders of Kerala Kala Samiti (KKS) alleged that the deaths appeared to be under suspicious circumstances and demanded that the police immediately launch a high-scale probe into the incident.

GRP circle inspector A Parthasaradhi told that they had not seen any suspicious marks on the bodies of the two near the railway tracks. “As on Sunday, we filed a case and sent the bodies for postmortem at KGH. We have to wait for the report before making any statement,” Parthasaradhi said.

Relatives and locals, however, raised suspicion over the incident, pointing out that there were no visible injuries on the bodies to show that they had come under a passing train. Suspicion was also raised that the two had been attacked elsewhere and their bodies thrown near the tracks.

GRP officials said there were no suspicious marks on the bodies. But the victims’ kin said there were no visible injuries to show they had been run over by a train.

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