Riding a black motorcycle, the two men in black dress and wearing helmets, dropped a black polythene bag containing a tiffin box opposite an electronic goods shop in the flowermarket in Mehrauli at about 2.15 pm, deputy commissioner of police (south) HS Dhaliwal told reporters. A 13-year-old boy picked it up to give it back to the bikers. They refused and fled the place but the boy was still keen on giving it to them when it exploded killing him instantaneously and injuring 18 others.
Eleven of the injured were rushed to AIIMS where doctors said six were in critical condition. Five of them suffered serious head injuries. Three or four of the injured could be required to be operated upon, Union home secretary Madhukar Gupta told reporters. The explosive shattered the window panes of several adjacent shops in the market located close to the historic Qutab Minar, which was bustling with shoppers.
The blast, which caused a crater, left a gory scene where blood was splattered on the road along with shattered glass panes and furniture. The explosion comes exactly two weeks after the national capital was rocked by five near simultaneous blasts in which 24 people were killed.
There were reports that police in the neighbouring Faridabad district in Haryana had tipped off about the possibility of explosions on Saturday but Gupta asked the media not to speculate. Soon after the explosion, home minister Shivraj Patil reviewed the situation with top officials of his ministry.
Gupta, who talked to Delhi police commissioner YS Dadwal, briefed Patil on the situation. Forensic experts of the NSG bomb data squad, who visited the spot, found the nails in the explosives were sharpened on both sides. Ammonium Nitrate was again used in Saturdays blast. Officials said Ammonium Nitrate was accompanied with one-and-a-half inch nails, which acted as shrapnels leading to injuries. The packing of explosive was very loose thus making it a low-intensity explosion. The same explosive material was used in the five serial blasts that shook the national capital on September 13, leaving 24 people dead and many others injured. PTI
Immediately after the explosion, shopkeepers and shoppers rushed to help the injured people and took them to nearby hospitals.
There was a huge sound. I came out of my shop and sawsome people were injured and screaming for help, a shopkeepersaid. People in the area displayed their anger by allegingthat police came late despite being called several times.
Police were nowhere to be seen till one hour afterthe incident. We took the injured to the hospital, a shopkeeper, who was injured in the incident, said. Police have cordoned off the area and senior police officials have rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation.