First-hand report | Just 20 minutes

First-hand report | Just 20 minutes
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First Published: Sun, Sep 14 2008. 11 21 PM IST
Updated: Sun, Sep 14 2008. 11 21 PM IST
I had just 20 minutes to spare on a Saturday evening while in Greater Kailash Part 1 to collect the number plates of my new car. A right turn took me into the M-block market where I thought of buying a present for my son who turns 3 next week.
Few steps into the crowded market and then a loud noise that shook me to my roots. For sometime, things came to a standstill and then came the realization. There was an explosion that not only triggered panic but left all shoppers dazed.
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And as soon as the realization came, a sense of panic gripped the shoppers and there was a mad rush to get out of the cramped market.
Around ten shops were damaged in the explosion that took place at around 6:40 pm (IST). The bombs were hidden in a dustbin, reports suggest.
Around the same time, a series of explosions took place in New Delhi. Central Delhi’s busy shopping markets – Karol Bagh where a Compressed Natural Gas cylinder (CNG) exploded and the central park in Connaught Place were the targets.
The police swung into action immediately and the area was cordoned off. My colleague Mary Ercilia Gayen was sipping hot coffee at Barista in Greater Kailash 1 while she felt the building shake.
Thankfully, both Mary and I are safe. I managed to collect the new number plates for my new car. But, my son’s birthday present still remains due and I don’t know when I will be able to muster courage to venture into M-block market in Greater Kailash Part 1 again.
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First Published: Sun, Sep 14 2008. 11 21 PM IST