Blast at IISc lab kills Indian researcher of private firm

A researcher of a private firm was killed and three technicians under him were injured in a hydrogen cylinder blast during an experiment in the aero-dynamics laboratory of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), above, in Bengaluru, local agencies said citing police.

The accident happened around 2.20pm when 32-year-old Manoj hailing from Mysuru city was creating a shock wave as part of an ongoing project for the start-up, Superwave Technologies, which is having a tie-up with IISc in conducting experiments.

Manoj was thrown some 20ft away by the intensity of the blast. He died instantly.

The three injured technicians have been admitted to a private hospital where their condition was stable, police said.

Forensic experts visited the blast scene and collected evidence.

Superwave Technologies, an IISc initiative, is engaged in research in the area of shockwaves and its applications in various fields. It has won several patents.

IISc is one of India’s leading institutions in advanced education and research in sciences and engineering.