Updated: December 10, 2021 1:55:40 am
A low-intensity explosion took place inside courtroom number 102 at Rohini district court on Thursday morning, resulting in minor injuries to a Delhi Police Head constable. The incident comes months after two armed men posing as lawyers killed gangster Jitender Maan alias Gogi inside the Rohini court before being gunned down by police personnel.
The Delhi Police, after the explosion, found a 12-volt battery, shrapnel, white powder, and an electronic circuit wire at the spot. Police said it was a “minor low-intensity explosion”, which caused a small portion of the floor to cave in, and that the device was in a laptop bag that was left in the courtroom by an unknown person.
Initial investigation revealed that a Delhi Police team is also coordinating with their counterparts in Punjab as the latter had recently recovered a sack containing a suspected tiffin bomb.
Delhi Police Spokesperson Chinmoy Biswal said, “The spot was cordoned off and forensic and NSG teams were called in. Prima facie, the explosion seems to have occurred from a black bag which was found at the spot. There is no casualty. However, a naib court, HC Rajeev, sustained minor injuries and received treatment in hospital. He is stable. Forensic teams have collected the debris from the spot and taken it for examination. A case has been registered and investigation is being carried out by the Special Cell.”
“Prime facie, it appears to be a crude bomb and it looks like an assembled device. There was a file with some blank papers on the ground,” a senior police officer said.
Senior officers from the Special Cell also reached the spot and scanned CCTVs. “We are trying to zero in on the suspects… We suspect that the miscreant came in a car,” the officer added.
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The courtroom belongs to Metropolitan Magistrate Preetu Raj, where traffic-related cases are addressed. “We don’t think the incident is related to a gang war or a terrorist attack — no jailed gangsters or terror accused were present in court. There were also no special cases being heard at that point,” said an officer who refused to be named.
According to the fire department, they received a call at around 10.40 am that a blast took place inside the Rohini court. “We immediately sent seven fire tenders to the spot and at around 11.10 am, our rescue team informed us that one man was injured,” said a fire official.
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