The terrorists who wrought havoc in the Capital on Saturday had perhaps gone without sleep the previous night. Not due to pangs of conscience, but entirely in the pursuit of their demonic goal.
Police say the bombers arrived in Delhi early on Saturday or the night before. And then, they got busy with assembling the killer devices.
Investigation has revealed that the timers used in all the bombs had a shelf life of 12 hours. Since the bombs went off between 6 and 7 pm, they must have been assembled in the early hours of Saturday. This also means the bombs were prepared somewhere in or around Delhi.
“The explosives made of ammonium nitrate had been triggered with the help of timers and detonators. The timers that were used in the blasts were set to explode 12 hours later,” said a senior police officer.
Going by eyewitness accounts, the police have concluded that at least two men dropped the polythene bag containing a bomb in a trash bin near the Barakhamba Metro station. “Three eyewitnesses have given us details about the bombers at Barakhamba.
With the help of their accounts, we made four sketches, of which two were identical. This brings us to the conclusion that at least two men were involved in planting bombs at Barakhamba,” said a senior police officer.
On Tuesday morning, another witness approached the Crime Branch of Delhi Police and the sketch based on his description turned out to be identical to the one prepared with the help of an 11-year-old balloon seller’s account.
The sketch of the Gaffar Market bomber has been prepared with the help of autorickshaw driver Moolchand’s account. Moolchand had picked up the man outside Imperial Hotel in Paharganj around 5.35 pm.
“He was in his mid-20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall. He was wearing a cream coloured shirt and an army cap, and carried a bag,” Moolchand told the police.
Delhi Police are in touch with their counterparts in Ahmedabad and Jaipur, who have provided them with photographs and sketches of the accused wanted there.