While sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Sandesh Shirke on Monday said 18 bodies were recovered from the firm's premises, Superintendent of Police Abhinav Deshmukh on Tuesday said 17 completely charred bodies and one body part were recovered so far during the search operation.
Authorities resumed search operation to look for any more victims at a chemical plant here on Tuesday. A massive fire broke out in the premises, and also summoned the firm's owner to ascertain what kind of materials were being used there.
Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil is expected to visit the site later in the day and take stock of the situation.
The fire broke out on Monday afternoon at SVS Aqua Technologies, which manufactures chlorine dioxide among other chemicals and is located in the Pirangut MIDC area of Mulshi tehsil on the outskirts of Pune city.
The search operation was stopped late Monday night due to darkness and heat caused due to the blaze.
On Tuesday morning, fire brigade officials resumed the search operation to find out any more victims at the fire- ravaged plant.
Meanwhile, SDM Shirke said they have started a probe into the incident. Shirke earlier said all the bodies, which were completely charred, were sent to the government-run Sassoon General Hospital for autopsy.
The bodies were burned beyond recognition and their identify will have to be ascertained by conducting DNA testing, he said.