Thursday, December 29, 2005

Sad News from India

From the Indian Express:

Terror struck an international conference at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) campus on Wednesday night killing a retired Mathematics professor from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, M.C. Puri, and seriously injuring four others including one of the inventors of the Simputer, Prof Vijay Chandru from IISc.

The attack was, according to eyewitness accounts, carried out by a lone gunman who wielded an AK-47 and threw hand grenades. The attacker was driven away in a white Ambassador car immediately after the attack, eyewitnesses said.

All major cities in south India have been put on high alert after the incident.

The other injured persons have been identified as Dr Pankaj Gupta from Delhi, P Patel, a lab assistant at the Cadila Lab in the IISc campus, and a woman identified only as Sonia, an assistant professor at IIM, Lucknow.

‘‘All the injured have been ruled to be out of danger,’’ Additional Commissioner of Police H C Kishore Chandra said.

Delegates at the International Conference on Operations Research Applications in Infrastructure Development and the 38th Annual convention of Operation Research Society of India (ORSI) were proceeding from IISc’s National Science Seminar Complex to the Satish Dhawan auditorium for an AGM of the ORSI at around 7:30 p.m. when the attack took place.
Full Story

Vijay Chandru is a co-author of mine, and my thoughts are with him, the others injured and the family of Prof. Puri.


Blogger malapati said...

I doont understand why media did not catch up this news as a extreme serious note.

If such act happens in harward or stanford what would be the reaction??

I wrote Indian media is worst but American media extreme biased.


December 29, 2005 12:16 PM  
Blogger Michael Trick said...

It has been picked up by the International Herald Tribune but not by US media yet.

December 29, 2005 1:21 PM  
Blogger Michael Trick said...

Further news on how Prof. Puri reacted: news article.

December 29, 2005 7:54 PM  
Blogger Michael Trick said...

Britain is now covering this, see the BBC coverage.

December 30, 2005 3:34 AM  
Blogger Mayank said...

Sheer shame.
Being a bangalorean its sheer shame.
One could have never imagined that such act could have happened to an esteem class place such as iisc whic is often called teh temple of indian science.

Let there be peace,

January 14, 2006 5:16 AM  
Blogger Michael Trick said...

Its a couple weeks later, but the US press never did pick up this story.

January 14, 2006 7:53 AM  
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April 29, 2006 4:01 PM  

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