shA horrendous attack in the IISc campus has led to the death of a retired IIT Delhi Prof. I did not know about the attack till Friday afternoon, as I was travelling by train. I was shell shocked to see the front page of Hindu carry a pic with blood in the IISc campus. Abi, a prof at IISc has more in these posts: Post 1, Post 2, Post 3. Our hearts go out to the family of Prof. Puri. One hopes that the injured get well soon and get back to doing what they love.. research. Given that the person involved went on a firing spree makes it difficult not to view this as a terrorist attack.
This would have certainly been a rude shock to IISc and all academic institutions in India. “EVEN US?” seems to be the question in everybody’s minds and it probably sums up the disbelief. But, some (like Praveen Swami of Hindu) think that this was around the corner and sufficient precaution must have been taken. Hard to disagree with him. But, as Prof Balaram (Dir, IISc) pointed out, an academic institution should not be an armed fortress. Thankfully, the blame-game is missing and the police seem to be on the job of finding the perpetrators of this act. An approximate sketch of the assassin is now avalible.
Over here at IITM, there is increased security at the entry points to the institute. A few more armed policemen seemed to have been deployed there. For the first time in three years, I had to show my ID card to enter the institute. Nothing intrusive.. and that is the way it should remain.