Update on Blast at Delhi High Court (As at 5 P.M. on September 7, 2011)
Today at about 1015 hrs., a blast occurred at the Delhi High Court near Gate No. 5, PS. Tilak Nagar, New Delhi. Latest information indicates that 11 persons have died in this unfortunate incident and 76 others have been injured. Most of the injured people have been admitted in the RML Hospital, while some others are receiving treatment at other hospitals including AIIMS, Moolchand Hospital, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital etc. The condition of some of the injured is reported to be critical. In all cases of injured people where surgery was required the same has been performed or is being done now.
The investigation of this case has been transferred to the NIA by the Union Government in exercise of its powers under the NIA Act. NIA has requested the Delhi Government and Delhi Police to associate and assist them in the investigation.
An alert has been sent out to all States in the light of this incident for enforcing all possible precautions in sensitive areas.
A forensic team of CFSL, Delhi, has collected forensic evidence from the spot which is being examined for clues. The NSG post blast investigation team has also collected relevant traces residue etc. from the spot and is conducting its own forensic examination. The reports of this scientific examination will be available to the NIA shortly.
Preliminary investigation reveals that the blast created a small crater at the place where the explosive charge is suspected to have been kept in a briefcase near the reception centre of the High Court. The examination of the scene of blast indicates towards the use of Nitrate based explosives with traces of PETN (explosive).
Delhi Police has been put on high alert and vigorous investigations are in progress including checking of Guest Houses, Hotels, Sarais, Bus Stands and Railway Stations and at Airports. All entry and exist routes are also being put under extensive surveillance and checking. Neighbouring States have also been asked to send their teams of ATS experts to examine the scene of the blast and assist in the investigation.