New Delhi: After Ahmedabad and Bangalore, terror visited the national capital on Saturday. Serial blasts rocked busy market areas the city killing 22 and injuring 131.
Five explosions within a span of 22 minutes rocked Karol Bagh, Connaught Place and Greater Kailash Part I, some of the major shopping destinations of the city.
The first blast was reported at Gafar market, Karol Bagh, at 1811 hrs IST. Twenty minutes later two explosions took place at Connaught Place in Central park and Barakhamba road and then two more at the M block market in Greater Kailash spreading panic.
“I saw the blast at about 100 metres. There was chaos everywhere. There are about seven to eight injured and five dead. People have been taken for treatment,” says an eyewitness.
But that was not the end of it because three more bombs were found. Two at Connaught Place, one at India Gate - right next to Rashtrapati Bhavan, and Indian parliament, symbols of Indian democracy.
A 12-year-old boy who found a bomb in CP claimed that he saw the suspects.
Investigations have proved that the blasts were very similar to the Ahmedabad blasts.
These blasts were also of low intensity and all the bombs were planted innocuously, mostly in dustbins and one on a cycle. A familiar email from the Indian Mujahddin came too claiming nine bombs had been planted across the city and a familiar response from the administration and opposition followed.
“This is something that is being done by those who don’t want our country to grow. Stringent punishment will be given to those responsible as per law,” says Home Minister Shivraj Patil.
“I met the Prime Minister 10 days ago and warned him that during interrogation of the Gujarat blast’s master mind we were told that the next target is Delhi and preparations are done and they are just waiting for the orders,” says Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Meticulous planning that went into these blasts showed that the national capital is still very vulnerable to terror elements.
However, amid all this panic the Delhi Metro chugged along in the face of terror signaling that the city won't bow to terror.