Researcher killed in cylinder blast at Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru

A hydrogen cylinder blast killed a researcher at the Indian Institute of Sciences on Wednesday afternoon. Three others were critically injured in the blast that occurred during an experiment in a laboratory.

“The incident occurred around 2.30 pm, when the researchers were conducting an experiment at the Laboratory for Hypersonic and Shock Wave Research,” a police official said. The researchers belonged to an IISC incubated start-up called Super Wave Technologies.

A senior police official, who did not wish to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the press, identified the deceased as Manoj Kumar, 32, who hails from Kollegal in Chamarajanagar district.

The three others injured were identified as Karthik Shenoy, Naresh Kumar and Atulya Uday Kumar. They are undergoing treatment at the MS Ramaiah Hospital. According to the hospital, all the injured are critical and require surgical intervention and ICU care.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Niranjan Raj Urs told PTI that the Superwave Technologies was having a tie-up with the IISc for carrying out experiments pertaining to its research.

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