"The house should be informed immediately. Defence minister (A.K. Antony) should make the statement," Shiv Sena member Sanjay Raut said in the upper house.
The BJP's Chandan Mitra also sough a statement from Antony and said: "He should make a statement today (Wednesady) as the house will not function tomorrow."
As the members pressed for a statement, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajeev Shukla assured them that a statement would be made as soon as the defence minister returns from Mumbai, where he has gone to take stock of the situation.
In a horrific peacetime military disaster, the newly refurbished submarine sank with 18 sailors at the naval dockyard here early Wednesday after a huge explosion engulfed it in flames.
Three officers are believed to be among the 18 men who met a tragic watery grave after a deafening blast tore through INS Sindhurakshak, which was berthed off Mumbai Harbour, officials said.
--IANS (Posted on 14-08-2013)