Submarine fire: Navy officers cremated

Submarine fire: Navy officers cremated

The Navy conducted a wreath laying ceremony in memory of its two personnel.

The Navy conducted a wreath laying ceremony in memory of its two personnel who lost their lives battling the fire in submarine INS Sindhuratna.
"The Navy has organised the wreath laying ceremony for Lieutenant Commander Kapish Munwal and Lieutenant Manoranjan Kumar," defence PRO Narendra Vispute said. (IE Photo)

Lt Commander Kapish Munwal, one of the two Navy officers who died in the fire onboard INS Sindhuratna off Mumbai coast two days ago, was cremated in Mumbai with full military honours. (IE Photo)

The body of Munwal, who was the first to spot the fire in the third compartment of the submarine, was taken to Chandanwadi crematorium in central Mumbai after the conventional wreath-laying ceremony. (IE Photo)

The body was put in a casket wrapped in a tri-colour. It reached the crematorium around 4 pm and was given guard of honour with about a dozen Navy men firing three rounds in the air. (IE Photo)

Munwal's father and brother, as also his fiancee Mishtu Chawala, were present in the crematorium. Chawala said she had spoken to Munwal some days before he went on the mission. (IE Photo)

"He was sure that nothing will happen to him in the submarine," Munwal's fiancee said, speaking to reporters. She said Kapish had once told her that he would be very proud if he died while on duty. "He wished to die for the country while on duty so that his body will be draped in the tricolour and guard of honour will be accorded to him," said Chawala.

The body of Lieutenant Commander Manoranjan Kumar, the other officer who died on the ill-fated vessel, is likely to be taken to his native state Jharkhand tomorrow for cremation. (IE Photo)