Blood spots, shattered glass panes mark Mehrauli blast scene

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New Delhi, Sep 27 (UNI) People were milling around the blast spot, cordoned off by the police after a blast in Mehrauli flower market today.

Blood spots and shattered window panes marked the spot where the police officials were searching for clues among the debris.

Some were wandering about with a dazed look while others were willing to give eyewitness accounts of the blast to media persons.

The shops had downed their shutters immediately after the incident.

Ambulances and fire engines with sirens wailing were picking their way through the crowd even after an hour of the explosion, said to have occurred around 1400 hours. Policemen were seen desperately trying to keep the mediapersons and local people away from the scene.

An eyewitness, clothes stained with blood, claimed that three people had died on the spot as the bomb went off.

''I came to the market to buy some stuff. My friend and I were standing at a shop and what we saw was horrible...moment the blast occurred the area got filled with white smoke and people were running for shelter,'' said Tilak Raj.

Initially people thought it was only a cylinder blast that left several victims writhing on the ground, he said.

''We immediately begun shifting the injured to nearby hospitals,'' he added.

Raju, another witness, said two young men, in their early 20s had come on a bike with a black colour bag in their hand.

They dropped it in the market and sped away.

''Seconds later, a girl who saw the bag dropping, tried to tell them that their bag had fallen off the bike and as she picked it up, the bomb went off killing three people on the spot,'' he said.

A police official said no group has so far claimed responsibility for the blast.

Condition of some of the injured, admitted to the AIIMS Trauma Centre, was critical, he said.


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