It’s just the starting of 2021, a year that came after such an upside-down year, and the starting is already filled with shocking events and updates. And recently a secret was revealed. Tapan Mishra (top ISRO scientist) claimed he was poisoned more than three years ago. Tapan Misra alleged he was poisoned with deadly arsenic trioxide on May 23, 2017, during a promotion interview at ISRO headquarters here.

“Fatal dose was probably mixed” with chutney along with Dosa, in snacks after lunch, he said. Misra claimed he later suffered from health issues including severe 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.

In his post – ‘Long kept secret’ on Facebook, he did mention that Kiran Kumar (former ISRO chairman) tried his best to convince me that my earlier case of squamous cell carcinoma is resurrecting.”

“It was one of the most secure and safe places to be in and yet I was poisoned. It cannot be an outsider’s hand without the local, inside support. I want the government to investigate the attack on scientists, who are handling critical and sensitive projects,” he said.

“The motive appears to be an espionage attack…to remove a scientist with the critical contribution of very large military and commercial significance, like expertise in building Synthetic Aperture Radar,” he alleged.

Misra said, “I want the Government of India to investigate it (the incidents).” Mishra, who has been credited for his contribution in making synthetic aperture radars – Risat and Cartosat — that are of strategic scientific, military and commercial importance, continued to stay in Ahmedabad even after being posted as a senior adviser.  

He is due to retire this month-end. Meanwhile, ISRO scientists refused to comment on this issue.

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