Retired Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientist Tapan Mishra has claimed he was poisoned with deadly arsenic trioxide on 23 May 2017 during a promotion interview at ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru.
In a Facebook post titled ‘‘Long Kept Secret’‘, Senior Advisor ISRO, Mishra on 5 January claimed that in July 2017, security personnel from the MiNistry of Home Affairs had met him and alerted him of arsenic poisoning. They helped doctors to focus on the exact remedy, the scientist said.
Mishra said he later suffered from health issues including of severe breathing difficulty, unusual skin eruptions, skin shedding and fungal infections.
Mishra said, “Someone definitely wanted to do some harm to ISRO. The only solution is to catch the culprit and punish them. It’s not possible to provide security to 2,000 scientists.”
“I have posted everything on Facebook regarding the incident. I do not know the reason behind this but I can only guess that it might be a consequence of working on a critical technology. There might be other reasons as well,” Mishra said.
Mishra said it was important to bring this in the public domain in order to save other scientists in future.
“People take advantage of the silence. Agencies are looking into it. Surely it was no work of a street thug but some sophisticated espionage agency inside our organisation,” Mishra added.
Someone wanted to harm ISRO: Scientist
Tapan Mishra, who has claimed that he was poisoned over three years ago, on 6 January said “someone definitely wanted to do some harm to the space agency.”
Mishra, who alleges he was given arsenic trioxide on 23 May 2017, during a promotion interview at ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru, said the solution is to get hold of the culprits and punish them instead of stepping up security of scientists.
He alleged that he later suffered from breathing difficulty, unusual skin eruptions, skin shedding and fungal infections. He also posted the medical report on the social media platform to claim he has been diagnosed with Arsenic toxication by the AIIMS, New Delhi.