Tapan Mishra, former director of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), recently released a post on Facebook titled ‘Long Kept Secret’, wherein he reveals that he was poisoned with deadly arsenic trioxide more than 3 years ago during a promotion interview at ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru. He also posted his medical report by AIIMS which shows him diagnosed with arsenic poisoning in order to certify his claims.
The post further reveals that in July 2017, it was Home Affairs Security personnel who alarmed Mr. Mishra of the arsenic poisoning and assisted the doctors with zeroing in on the specific cure. However, despite this, he claims that his health was still affected as he later suffered from various health complications including, unusual skin eruptions, fungal infections, skin shedding, and severe breathing difficulty.
Set to retire on January 31, the senior adviser to ISRO calls this an assassination attempt to harm someone who has made significant contributions holding military and commercial significance. He further claims that he is suspicious that such attempts are being made in attempts to reorder the hierarchy within the organization, taking the suspicious deaths of founder-chairman of ISRO, Prof Vikram Sarabhai, and former director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Dr. S Srinivasan as an example.
After the repeated attempts on his life with the first being on 23rd May 2017, and the second one being made in July 2019, where he was poisoned with gaseous poison, Mr. Mishra believes that the attack is being made by people embedded in the system who want to harm the scientists and the organization. He further says that he has released the post in order to get himself justice and to prevent such nefarious acts from happening.