An Indian national working in Malaysia was killed while two of his fellow foreign workers were critically injured after an air-conditioning compressor exploded in a scrap yard near here.

Police said the incident happened at Putra Heights when the three workers were dismantling the unit.

The dead worker has been identified as S Ganesan from India. Police said the victim succumbed to multiple injuries and his left hand was severed.

Malaysia relies heavily on foreign workers from India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Bangladesh.