Delhi blast toll rises to three, police launch manhunt

Delhi blast toll rises to three, police launch manhunt

New Delhi: With one more person succumbing to injuries, the death toll in the Mehrauli blast in south Delhi rose to three even as police conducted searches across the city to nab two motorcycle-borne youths, who had dropped a polythene bag containing the bomb.

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“The unidentified man, who was injured in yesterday’s blast at Mehrauli’s flower market and admitted to the AIIMS, died today," hospital superintendent John Bera said. A 13-year old boy and a 60-year-old man had died yesterday.

Police said that at least 22 people were injured in the explosion, which came exactly two weeks after the national capital was rocked by five near-simultaneous blasts in which 24 people were killed and more than 100 injured.

“Of the injured, 14 were admitted to the trauma centre of AIIMS and the condition of six is critical and two extremely critical," M C Mishra, HOD, AIIMS Trauma Centre (Surgery) said in a release.

“One person was today discharged from the hospital," he added.

“Two men, believed to be aged around 30-32 years, riding a black motorcycle with a Delhi registration number, were responsible for the explosion," police said.

“As Mehrauli is located on the border with Haryana, checking of vehicles has been intensified at the Delhi-Gurgaon border," a senior police officer said.

“We have questioned some people," he said.

Investigators are suspecting the hand of illegal Bangladeshi migrants in yesterday’s blast, maintaining that the explosion does not have the signature of Indian Mujahideen, which carried out the serial blasts in Delhi and certain other cities.