Bengaluru: A suspected cylinder blast in a research laboratory in the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru, claimed the life of one and injured three others on Wednesday afternoon, the police said in a statement.

Thirty-two year old researcher Manoj Kumar from Kollegala was killed at the institute, counted among one of the best globally. The three injured Kartik, Naresh Kumar and Atulya are admitted to M.S.Ramaiah hospital. The incident happened at the Hypersonic and Shockwave research centre.

“All the above are employees of Super Wave Technology Pvt Ltd," according to a statement by the Bengaluru Police, who added that the affected people were on an internship.

An IISC spokesperson couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.

The police are yet to determine the cause or nature of the explosion. PTI reported that it was due to a blast in a cylinder containing some gas.

The private start-up had a tie up with IISc and carrying out experiments related to its research, PTI added, quoting senior police officials.

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