BARI scientist invents safeguard against petrol bomb attacks
21 February 2015, Nirapad News: A young scientist says he has come up with a technique that will save people from arson attacks on vehicles, a crime that rose considerably during the ongoing countrywide blockade effective from January 6.
Faruk Bin Hossain Yamin, a scientist at Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) who earlier invented the technology to detect the presence of formalin in foods, claims the method is capable of preventing the fire originating from a petrol bomb from spreading inside the vehicle.
“The system will cost only Tk 400-500 to be implemented in a large bus,” he said while addressing a press briefing on BARI premises on Thursday.
Yamin’s formula includes taping up three inches of the edges on both sides of the vehicle windows to prevent the glasses from being smashed into pieces when bombs are hurled. This will prevent 70% of the damage that bombs will make.
The next step is to apply a special mixture on curtains used in the vehicle windows. The mixture will be prepared by putting adhesive, chalk powder and water on a thin-layered cloth used for varnishing wood.
Curtains made this way will have high absorption capacity, and will thus be able to absorb the petrol or octane of the bomb fast. These will also stop the fire from originating from the bomb and will prevent the oil from spilling inside the vehicle.
Chalk powder, if comes in contact with fire, produces carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide temporarily, which reduces inflammability of the fire and also stops it quickly.
BARI Director General Dr Md Rafiqul Islam Mondal hailed Yamin as a scientist who can devise a solution to a problem, no matter if it was related to agriculture or not.