Despite the panic and chaos that ensued after Saturday evening’s blast, there was no dearth of good Samaritans who came forward to help.
Surinder Kumar was returning home when he heard about the blasts. He rushed to RML hospital’s blood bank. “This is the only small way I thought I could help,” said Kumar.
Anil Lohia had just come out of his Barakhamba Road office to meet a friend when he heard a loud explosion. He ran across the street to see about half-a-dozen people lying on the road in a pool of blood. “The only thing that came to my mind was how to get them to the nearby hospital. I flagged an auto-rickshaw and rushed the victims to RML hospital,” said Lohia, hands smeared with blood.
Chanchal Kumar, 21 had gone to Central Park around 6 pm. Fifteen minutes later he heard a loud explosion. A lucky survivor, he rushed to help. “I ferried at least five to RML in my car,” said Chanchal whose clothes were soaked in blood.
The presence of mind of the shopkeepers helped in averting casualties at the Greater Kailash M-Block market blasts.
As soon as the first bomb went off, shopkeepers rushed to the public address system installed in the police booth. They say if it wasn’t for this system, the casualties would have been higher. “Many shopkeepers led people into the park, as they were too scared to do it on their own,” said Anil Kumar, owner of Bags and More.