Chandni Chowk Blast: Though officials keep on requesting the public to be careful with the Diwali explosives, mishaps keep happening and here is one such incident happened in the country’s capital city. Chandni Chowk Blast happened on Tuesday because of the Diwali explosives that an old man was carrying that took away his life along with leaving four other injured. The incident happened in the morning hours in this oldest and busiest parts of Delhi.
Chandni Chowk blast – Victim was carrying 50 kg of explosives used in toy guns
According to the information revealed by the Police, the Chandni Chowk Blast happened because of an explosive that is usually used in toy guns that fire-crackers. They said that the 64 years old man who died in the blast was a labourer from Murshidabad and was carrying two bags of explosives that weighed 50 kgs. A CCTV footage was also available that revealed the incident clearly.
The CCTV Video available clearly indicates that the blast was triggered because the old man dropped the bags, as they have appeared too heavy for him, may be. After the incident, the Delhi Police have sealed three shops and one godown owned by a Delhi-based firecrackers trader, Mukhtar Ahmad, who has been absconding since the incident.
Forensic Science Laboratory has informed the investigators about the initial findings from the material seized from the explosion site, sources said. It is said by the Police that the accused has procured the firecrackers from a TamilNadu based company besides the raw material bought from Sivakasi using which he produced crackers in Delhi.
Police sources said regarding the Chandni Chowk Blast, “FSL experts said that apart from the firecrackers, the deceased, Motalip Mirza, was carrying toy pistol parts. After he dropped both plastic bags forcefully, the pressure converted the firecrackers into a single bomb of sorts. The explosives contained phosphorus, sulfur, potassium chlorate and gunpowder”.
“Ahmad had asked Mirza to drop the 50 kg of firecrackers to two shops in Sadar Bazar. After the incident, Ahmad went missing after shutting down his three shops and a godown. Police are now conducting raids to nab him”, information revealed by a Senior Police Official linked to the Chandni Chowk Blast.
After the incident, the Delhi Police Licensing Branch called for the checking of fire-crackers shops and godowns with an intention to prevent the sale of foreign-origin firecrackers. The CCTV Footage on Chandni Chowk Blast shows people running through the congested lanes of Naya Bazar, a wholesale market in Chandni Chowk. Along with a gaze of smoke and dust that filled the area, glass windows also shattered.
Praveer Ranjan, Joint Commissioner of Police (Licensing) said, “Immediate action will be taken against the sellers in case of violation of the instructions. Even for Indian-origin crackers, the norms under the Explosive Rule will be followed. Local police will ensure that use of firecrackers will be stopped after 10 pm, as per guidelines of the Supreme Court. In view of the upcoming Diwali festival, it is obligatory for all districts to strictly comply with the directions to prevent air and noise pollution in Delhi”.