Forensic examination of the tourist boat that sank in Thekkady lake last week claiming 45 lives has reinforced the theory that the vessel had some manufacturing defect, a top official said on Friday.
Joint Director (Forensic) K Mohanan, who examined the boat, said he had found some defects, but that the exact nature of flaw could be known only after analysing the data.
Mohanan said he would submit his report to IGP R Sreelekha on October 13.
Meanwhile, Chief Boat Inspector M Mathews and forest watcher Prakash, who were arrested on Thursday and remanded in custody in connection with the mishap, were today denied bail by a court at Peermade near Thekkday.
Mathews, who was arrested for allegedly giving a fitness certificate without following due procedures, has been hospitalised for blood pressure and diabetes.
On October 5, steersman Victor Samuel and a sub-crew Anish, were arrested in connection with the mishap.