The nation is shocked by the unfortunate accident reported from Bengaluru wherein Manoj Kumar, a scientist from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), lost his life in an accidental explosion of a hydrogen cylinder kept in the lab, on Wednesday. The incident left 3 other researchers critically injured, as per TV reports. The accidental explosion occured around 2.20pm when the experiment to create shock waves was carried out at the Shock Waves and Hypersonic Lab in Bengaluru. The lab works under the Aerospace Engineering Department.
“Around 2.20pm, in one of our aerospace laboratories which is called Hypersonic and Shockwave Research, there was an explosion which resulted in the death of one engineer working with a startup called Super-wave technology. At this moment, two of the proprietors of the company are being interrogated by police,” briefed Chief Security Officer of IISc, Bengaluru, M.R. Chandrasekhar, to The News Minute (TNM). The Super-wave Technology Pvt Ltd, is an initiative by Indian Institute of Science, promoted and managed by two of the Aerospace Engineering professors of IISc, K.P.J. Reddy and G. Jagadeesh. The company is reported to be working on the project to extract gas from the company’s shock wave technology, which will help boost the gas industry. The company had, in 2015, signed an agreement with the government undertaking, Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC), to accomplish it’s objective.
The scientist who lost his life in this accidental explosion was reported to be 27 year old and hails from Hyderabad, ANI reported. The three other critically injured researchers are revealed to be Athulya Kumar, Naresh Kumar and Karthik Shenoy. They were rushed to the nearby MS Ramaiah Hospital, where they are currently treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a police official informed. The police is yet to file a First Information Report (FIR) and investigate if it was an accidental explosion or any other angle to the case.
(With inputs from ANI & TNM)