Two days after a bomb blast shattered the peace of the relatively quiet neighbourhood of Mehrauli Sarai it was business as usual.
Barring a hoax call, Monday was like any other normal day and people carried on as if nothing had happened.
“We received an anonymous call that a bomb has been placed near a school. Bomb disposal teams and dog squads searched the area but it turned out to be a hoax call,” a senior police official said.
People opened shops and the injured and their families were just grateful for getting a fresh lease of life.
Sudarshan Khattar, whose husband Baldev Raj Khattar suffered serious abdominal injuries in the blast, is a relieved woman. Raj Khattar was shifted out of the intensive care unit ICU on Monday.
“On Friday, we had celebrated our 32nd marriage anniversary. My elder daughter had come over and we had a family celebration. And on Saturday, my world was shattered,” said Sudarshan.
Sudarshan Khattar’s 24-year-old son Anuj is now looking after their electronic shop, which was badly damaged in the blast. “At least 10 television sets were damaged. My computer has turned into junk and the glass counter tops have to be replaced,” said Anuj. “But despite the loss, I am grateful that my father is safe,” he added.
Many in the streets though will remember their brush with death. “If I had been 50 metres behind, I would have either been dead or seriously injured,” said Raman Lal, a businessman. “I have been thanking God since Saturday for keeping me safe,” Lal said.
Except for two policemen keeping a vigil, Mehrauli Sarai was peaceful. “We don’t want to admit that we are scared,” said Satinder Kumar, a rickshaw puller.