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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.

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

{ 7 } Comments

  1. malapati | December 29, 2005 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    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.


  2. Michael Trick | December 29, 2005 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

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

  3. Michael Trick | December 29, 2005 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

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

  4. Michael Trick | December 30, 2005 at 3:34 am | Permalink

    Britain is now covering this, see the BBC coverage.

  5. Mayank | January 14, 2006 at 5:16 am | Permalink

    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,

  6. Michael Trick | January 14, 2006 at 7:53 am | Permalink

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

  7. malapati | April 29, 2006 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Media is always biased for one reason or the other!

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