The usually crowded dusty streets filled with a cacophony of sounds from different shops clubbed with honking of vehicles, not to mention men shouting over the noise of the machines were all missing.
Two days after a radioactive substance, Cobalt 60, was found in a shop in D block of Mayapuri’s junk market, the mood in the market, especially D 2 block, remained sombre with lesser shops open than usual for a working day.
Labourers worked amidst tons of neatly piled scrap — iron pipes, torn vehicles parts, discarded bodies of ACs, etc.
“This incident is a first of its kind since the market started in 1975. Even the police weren’t sure of what to do,” said Jagdish Raj Bhutania, a scrap dealer from D1 block.
Are they not afraid? “No we are not afraid ourselves. Our families members are more worried about us,” Bhutania added.
Som Prakash (62), who runs a tea stall there, said, “If more people succumb to radiation, then it can cause real panic.”