An explosion took place at the Forensic Science Laboratory in Bengaluru on Friday afternoon and left six people injured.
The incident occurred at around 3 pm on Friday on the first floor of the FSL building located in Madiwala.
According to DCP South East Isha Pant, the explosion occurred at the Chemistry Lab in the FLS building when the personnel were testing an explosive that was sent in as a part of the evidence. A set of nine explosives which were sent in from Raichur ina 2018 case, was being examined when the incident occured, police said.
The injured persons are Sreenath, Prabhu, Basavaprabhu, Navya, Vishwanath and Vishwanath. Police say that the six staff members included new recruits and trainees. Polcie say that three people lost fingers, two others were injured in the chest and one sustained injuries on the temple.
Fire and Emergency Services personnel from the Jayanagar Station were pushed into service. According to officials at the control room, the call came in at around 3.02 pm on Friday and fire engines reached the FSL building by 3.15 pm.
"There was no fire as such but the device that the people were testing inside the lab exploded. There was a combustible powder scattered all over the lab's floor. We are currently cleaning it up with water so it doesn't catch fire," a firefighter deployed at the spot told TNM.
DCP Isha Pant said that the six injured persons have been rushed to St John's Hospital in Koramangala and are currently undergoing treatment. "Five of them are injured and one person, who was testing the device is critical," she said.
This is a developing story