IISc lab accident: Manoj Kumar laid to rest in Mysuru

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The family of Manoj Kumar, the 28-year-old researcher who died in a laboratory explosion at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) campus in Bengaluru on Wednesday, was inconsolable as he was laid to rest in his home town Mysuru on Thursday.

Manoj Kumar was the son of K. Prakash, a retired professor in JSS College for Science, Arts and Commerce here. He did his mechanical engineering from Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SCJE) here.

The last rites were performed by noon at the Veerashaiva burial grounds near Lalithadripura. Relatives and friends were seen consoling the parents and grief-stricken Anusha, wife of Manoj Kumar. Manoj had married Anusha, a software engineer working in Manyata Tech Park in Bengaluru, last November. B.G. Sangameshwara, Vice-Chancellor, JSS Science and Technology University, Mysuru recalled Manoj Kumar as a brilliant student in the college. “He was my student when I was the principal of SJCE. He passed out from the college in 2012-13 and joined Malnad Engineering College in Hassan for his M. Tech,” he said.

Professors booked

Two professors from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), G. Jagadeesh and K.P.J. Reddy, have been booked by the police after an engineer was killed and three others were injured in a high-pressure hydrogen cylinder explosion at the Aerospace Engineering Department’s Laboratory for Hypersonic and Shock Wave Research on Wednesday. All four men worked at the startup, Super Wave Technology Private Limited (SWTPL), founded by the two professors. The SWTPL team worked out of the laboratory. They have been booked for causing death due to negligence, grievous injuries and endangering the lives and personal safety of others. No arrests have been made. The FIR was filed based on a complaint lodged by M.R. Chandrashekar, Chief Security Officer at IISc.

According to the police, the explosion was likely to have been triggered while the four project engineers were working on a “propelling experiment” as part of their research.


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