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The Department of Atomic Energy Sunday ruled out the possibility of an external hand in the recent fire at a lab in the premier Bhabha Atomic Research Laboratory that killed two young scientists.

india Updated: Jan 03, 2010 19:41 IST

The Department of Atomic Energy Sunday ruled out the possibility of an external hand in the recent fire at a lab in the premier Bhabha Atomic Research Laboratory that killed two young scientists.

"Now people are saying this external hand thing but there is no scientific answer to it. We do not see any thing," Srikumar Banerjee, Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy told PTI on the sidelines of the 97th Indian Science Congress.

Banerjee said the place where fire broke out was a basic research facility on anti-oxidants and did not have any chemicals that could pose a fire hazard.

"It would have been obvious and easy to point out if you have a gas cylinder or a hydrogen cylinder. But it was not there. The lab did not have anything that could be said to be a fire hazard," he said.

The investigators are now working out a list of different chemicals that were being brought in the lab which was renovated and handed over to the scientists the same day the accident happened, said Banerjee, who is also the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission.

"We are also looking at the possibility of vapour accumulation. The problem is that everything was charred and there is not much trace of anything left," he said.