New Delhi: A scientist died and three others were critically injured in an explosion at aerospace lab at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru, Karnataka, on Wednesday. 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.

The deceased has been identified as 32-year-old Manoj Kumar from Mysuru, while those injured are – Naresh Kumar, Adulya and Karthik. The injured have been admitted to a private hospital nearby, a report quoting police said.

They were involved in some experiment at the laboratory when an explosion occurred suddenly at around 2.20 pm, the Sadashivanagar police said.

The four belonged to a Bengaluru-based start-up – Super Wave Technologies, which is an IISc initiative led by the aerospace engineering department, reported News18.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Niranjan Raj Urs told PTI that 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.