North Delhi’s Naya Bazar was in for a rude awakening when a cracker blast went off in the area killing one person and injuring at least 5 people. The blast triggered panic among people even as police ruled out any terrorist angle to the incident. The blast took place around 10.40 am very near to a mosque in Chandni Chowk area when a labourer, Motalip Mirza, was carrying two large packets of crackers.
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According to the police, CCTV footage of the incident shows that the blast occurred as Mirza put the bags in front of a shop called Saraswati Traders in the Pattewali Gali. A senior police officer said the cracker blast took place due to high pressure and the huge quantity of crackers. Mirza died in the explosion while four others were injured.
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In the meantime, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is presently in Bahrain, called Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma to review the security situation in the capital. He instructed Verma to take all possible measures to ensure peace in the city. Several specialised teams of Delhi Police, including forensics, carried out necessary search operations after the blast to ascertain any terror angle to the incident. However, priliminary investigation has ruled out any terror angle.
Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order, North) SBK Singh, had tweeted, “Cracker blast took place in Lahori Gate area when a labour Motalip Mirza was carrying two bags of crackers. Handle crackers carefully.” Mirza was reportedly a resident of Murshidabad in West Bengal and was working as a labourer in Delhi for last 15-20 years. The officer said, Mirza had collected the bags from Gali Zakaria Mohalla Fatak Hawas Khana in Lahori Gate. Several bags with similar materials have been found at the address. Meanwhile, the injured have been identified as Bhupendra Gupta, Mahesh, Hawa Singh and Murari.
The impact of the explosion shook the buildings and shops nearby. The window panes, fans and other items in the shops were broken.