Delhi High Court blast

 Delhi High Court blast

Ashok Bagria

On 7 September 2011,  the Delhi High court was rocked by a high-intensity explosion outside Gate number 5 at around 10.15 am. This is the entry point for from which most lawyers enter. This is also where 100 to 200 people were waiting in queue to get passes for entry into the court complex.

Following the blasts, the area was immediately cordoned off. The Delhi Police speculate that the explosive could have been concealed in a briefcase which could have been placed below a car. Potassium nitrate was used as in the case of blasts in Mumbai in July.

NIA will take over the investigation wth the assistance of Delhi Police. As of 11.20 am the Union Home Secretary RK Singh confirmed 9 dead, 50 injured. This is the first case where the NIA has been involved with investigations right from the beginning.

This is the second explosion outside the court in a span of four months. The previous blast on 25 May 2011 was a minor one.
Following is the chronology of blasts that rocked the national capital since 1997.

25 May 2011: Minor blast in a car park outside Delhi High Court, no causalities.

27 September 2008: Three persons killed and 21 injured in a low-intensity blast at Mehrauli flower market near Qutab Minar.

13 September 2008: At least 25 people killed and over 100 injured in five serial blasts within 45 minutes across Connaught place, Ghaffar market in Karol Bagh and M-Block market of Greater Kailash-I in south Delhi.

14 April 2006: At least 14 people were injured after two explosions at the courtyard of Jama Masjid in the walled city of Old Delhi.

29 October 2005: Over 59 people were killed and more than 100 injured, including some foreigners, in three explosions that rocked Sarojini Nagar and Paharganj markets and one in a bus in Govindpuri area of Delhi.

22 May 2005: One person was killed and 60 injured in serial blasts in two cinema halls in Delhi.

18 June 2000: Two persons, including an eight-year-old girl, were killed and about a dozen others injured in two powerful bomb blasts near the Red Fort in Delhi.

26 July 1998: High intensity explosion in a bus parked at Kashmiri Gate of Inter-State Bus Terminal (ISBT) killed two and injured three persons.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Sep 07, 2011 16:49:33 IST



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