New Delhi: A 13-year-old boy was killed and 18 people were injured on Saturday when a low-intensity bomb exploded in a flower market in south Delhi, a fortnight after the national capital was rocked by serial blasts.
The blast took place at about 2:15 pm in the market in Mehrauli, close to the historic Qutub Minar, after two men riding a motorcycle dropped a tiffin box wrapped in black polythene bag.
Police commissioner Y. S. Dadwal, who visited the site, said one person was killed and 18 injured in the explosion.
Two persons came on a motorcycle and dropped the bag containing the explosive in the market, he said.
A child picked up the packet which exploded.
The explosive was dropped near an electronic shop and the blast shattered window panes of several adjacent shops.
Eleven of the injured were rushed to AIIMS where doctors said six were in critical condition.
The explosion comes exactly two weeks after the national capital was rocked by five near simultaneous blasts in which 24 people were killed.
The blast in the narrow lanes created chaos in the market which was full of Saturday shoppers.
Roads splattered with blood, broken glasses and shattered furniture was all remained after the blast rocked the flower market.
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 saw some people were injured and screaming for help,” a shopkeeper said.
People in the area displayed their anger by alleging that police came late despite being called several times.
“Police were nowhere to be seen till one hour after the 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.
Delhi health minister Yoganand Shastri and BJP’s chief ministerial candidate V. K. Malhotra were among the first to visit the spot.