Top ISRO Scientist Alleged He Was Poisoned 3 Years Ago; Mentions it a “Long Kept Secret”

Rutunjay Dole
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A top ISRO scientist on Tuesday claimed he was poisoned more than three years ago. Tapan Mishra alleged he was poisoned with deadly arsenic trioxide on May 23, 2017, during a promotion interview at ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru.

‘Fatal dose was probably mixed’ with chutney along with Dosa, in snacks after lunch, he said. Mr. Mishra is presently working as Senior Advisor at ISRO and is superannuating at the end of this month.

He had earlier served as Director of Ahmedabad-based Space Application Centre of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). In a Facebook post titled ”Long Kept Secret”, Mr. Mishra further claimed that in July 2017, Home Affairs security personnel met him and alerted him of arsenic poisoning, and helped doctors to focus on the exact remedy.

Mr. Mishra claimed he later suffered from health issues including severe breathing difficulty, unusual skin eruptions, and 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.

“The motive appears to be espionage attack…to remove a scientist with critical contribution of very large military and commercial significance, like expertise in building Synthetic Aperture Radar,” he alleged. Talking to PTI, Mr. Mishra said, “I want the Government of India to investigate it (the incidents).” There was no immediate response from ISRO on Mr. Misra’s claims.