On 6th December, the Security Chief of IISc, Chandra Shekhar, filed a complaint with the Sadashivnagar Police against professors G. Jagadeesh and KPJ Reddy, claiming that they were in charge of the lab and were responsible for ensuring that the equipment being used was safe.
The police have booked two professors for criminal negligence after an explosion at the IISc's Aerospace Engineering Department’s Laboratory for Hypersonic and Shock Wave Research in Bengaluru.
"The family members complained that the institute should have ensured that experiments were being conducted in a safe environment. Chandra Shekhar has also stated that several faculty members were of the opinion that the expansion of gases in the cylinder caused the blast. The two professors were supposed to ensure that such incidents do not happen. There was also evidence of a breach of security protocol while handling the equipment," the Area Police said.
Professors Jagadeesh and Reddy have been booked under 304A (causing death by negligence) and 338 (Causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the IPC.
32-year-old research intern Manoj Kumar died in the gas explosion at the IISc laboratory on Wednesday afternoon.
In the meantime, the three other victims are Karthik Shenoy, Naresh Kumar and Athulya Uday Kumar, are in a serious condition and are enduring treatment at MS. Ramaiah Hospital. The hospital official said that Naresh Kumar is on the ventilator. "He is stable right now but the next few days are crucial for his recovery. Another patient Athulya has facial injuries. He is stable right now and is also conscious. Karthik Shenoy is also on a ventilator and his condition is critical," hospital officials said.