Saturday, October 29, 2005 (New Delhi):
A series of explosions rocked busy shopping markets in the heart of the national Capital this evening.
The first blast took place in the main bazaar of Paharganj near the New Delhi Railway Station at around 5:30 pm (IST).
The fire service has described it as a “medium-level blast”.
Around half an hour later, at 6:05 pm (IST), the second explosion took place in south Delhi’s busy Sarojini Nagar market.
A major fire has broken out in the market, and police have now closed the market. Several people have reportedly been killed in the explosion.
Another explosion has been reported from Govindpuri in south Delhi. A fourth explosion has been reported from Gole Market area in central Delhi.
In the Paharganj blast, several people have been critically injured. According to an eyewitness, women and children are also among those injured.
Police have deployed additional forces across the Capital and people have been urged to remain calm and move away from crowded markets.
According to sources, the fire department has received calls from four places – Paharganj, Gole Market, Govindpuri and Sarojini Nagar – about the explosions.