Bengaluru: Scientist Killed In Explosion At Indian Institute of Science

Bengaluru: Scientist Killed In Explosion At Indian Institute of Science

Scientist Killed In Explosion At Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru 

New Delhi: After an explosion at the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru or IISc, a 32-year-old researcher has died and three others are critically injured. The incident was suspected to take place after a hydrogen cylinder exploded at the aerospace lab in the institute around 2:20 pm.

The explosion was so intense that the four researchers were flung away, one of them 20 feet, the security in charge at IISc told NDTV. The explosion claimed the life of Researcher Manoj Kumar.

"Around 2.20pm there was an explosion. One engineer was thrown 20 feet and died instantly. The other three were admitted to hospital. It is the first time that something like this has happened in IISc," security in charge MR Chandrashekhar said.

Athulya Uday Kumar, Naresh Kumar and Karthik Shenoy are the injured researchers who suffered severe wounds, including burns and fractures, and were rushed to a nearby hospital, where they will require surgery and intensive care. 

The Forensic Science Laboratory are investigating to find out the cause of the blast. "Forensic experts would determine the actual cause of the accident but it seems like a cylinder blast," the Assistant Commissioner of Police Niranjan Raj Urs told news agency PTI.

The four researchers belonged to Super-wave Technology Private Limited. The company, Super-wave Technology Private Limited is Indian Institute of Science initiative, promoted and managed by its Directors Professor KPJ Reddy and Professor G Jagadeesh, both professors of Department of Aerospace Engineering, as stated by its website.

"The company is engaged in research in the area of shockwaves and its applications in various fields and has several patents to its credit," the website adds.

Established in 1909, the Indian Institute of Science, is one of the country's leading institution of advanced education and research in the sciences and in engineering.