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One killed, 3 injured in cylinder blast at IISc lab

December 6, 2018

A suspected cylinder blast killed a 32-year old technician and injured three others during an experiment in a laboratory of the top-ranked Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore on Wednesday.

Four technicians of a private start-up company were involved in some experiment when an explosion occurred suddenly at around 2.20 pm. Technician Manoj from Mysuru died on the spot while three others suffered injuries. The injured have been admitted to a private hospital where their condition was said to be stable.

Though the nature of explosion and its cause were yet to be established, it was suspected that the incident occurred due to a blast in a cylinder containing some gas, police said. PTI quoted Assistant Commissioner of Police Niranjan Raj Urs: “The start-up company Superwave Technologies Private Limited was having a tie-up with the IISc for carrying out experiments pertaining to its research. Forensic experts would ascertain the actual cause of the accident but it seems like a cylinder blast,” he said. 

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