Sounds ludicrous, doesn't it?
After the shoot-out at the JN TATA auditorium at the Indian Institute of Science at Bangalore yesterday, anything's possible.
I remember attending an Institute-wide meeting to discuss changes in Security, organised by our Director (at TIFR) Professor Sabyasachi Bhattacharya around two months ago. Most of us couldn't comprehend why that meeting was necessary, and wondered if the Director was being overcautious. Apparently not.
The deceased was a retired professor at IIT Delhi, who was attending a conference at Bangalore. Oook informs me that Prof. Puri had actually heard the first round of firing and pushed a girl down to protect her, but got caught in the next round. The firing was indiscriminate, and four others were injured.
Why would anybody pick on Scientists? They're such a harmless lot. I don't see why anybody (apart from their graduate students) would want to murder a Research scientist.
Then again, considering this was a terrorist attack, the intention was just to scare the shit out of ordinary people instead of a directed killing. As usual, they seem to have succeeded.
Most of the news channels have been harping on about how Bangalore was targeted because it is India's IT hub. I dont' really get what a scientific research institution would have to do with the IT industry. Agreed, the international conference Prof Puri was attending was on IT, but I think that's stretching the connection a bit.
All the drama that's been taking up everyone's energy in TIFR regarding the restructuring of the institute will probably be overshadowed for a bit by panic over this incident.
After all, TIFR is a National Centre for Research in Nuclear Physics and Mathematics. And our institute security leaves a lot to be desired.
Should we be worried?