A curious case of death is under investigation in Tamil Nadu not only by the police but also by the scientific community. The case pertains to the death of a man from, what Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said, a meteorite.
A piece of the meteorite that fell in the campus. NDTV
Kamraj was walking past a building, and succumbed to serious injuries from the explosion. Three others were injured from the explosion.
Police and onlookers at the site of the incident just after the ‘explosion’. NDTV
“A mishap occurred yesterday when a meteorite fell in the campus of a private engineering college in Vellore district’s K Pantharappalli village.”
Pieces of the space rock were scattered around the area. NDTV
According to the International Comet Quarterly, which maintains a list of “interesting meteorite falls of the last two centuries”, there has been only one incident in which a man died from a meteorite strike. But that incident happened in 1825.
There were two other similar incidents in India. One happened in Mhow, in Indore, in 1827 where a man was wounded “severely in the arm” when hit by meteorite. The other happened as recently as 2003, when the sky of Mayurbhanj in Odisha was lit by “bright fireball(s) just after sunset; widely observed meteorite shower yielding numerous highly magnetic meteorites”.
The crater made by the meteorite in a nearby field. The Hindu
In other words, there were no witness to the 1825 incident and no one was killed in the other two, which means that the Natrampalli case could be the first such incident.