Thekkady boat tragedy could be the result of a “manufacturing defect” in the vessel,an expert said on Wednesday.
The boat that capsized had rightward tilt of 2.9 degree,which was a “manufacturing defect,” Dr Pyarilal,Head of the Department of Shipping Technology in Cochin University,said.
In a twist to the probe into the mishap that claimed 45 lives,Pyarilal made this claim after examining the boat while a court here on Wednesday ordered police to register a case against Chairman and Managing Director of Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) which operated the vessel.
Pyarilal’s expertise was sought by the Crime Branch probing the incident to look into the mechanical and structural aspects of the vessel that sank in the lake on September 30.
The investigating team had earlier arrested the steerman and sub-crew on the ground that a sharp U-turn taken by the boat and overcrowding caused it to capsize. The crew,who were charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder,were remanded in judicial custody two days ago.
Meanwhile,Chief Judicial Magistrate directed police to register case against KTDC Chairman Cheriyan Philip and Managing Director K J Mohanlal for “negligence” on their partwhich led to the mishap. The court issued the order in a petition filed by one person,Jose Joboy.