The low intensity twin-blasts in Bangaluru's Chinnaswamy Stadium an hour before an Indian Premier League match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers last week has got the Delhi Police shopping.
The police have placed tenders for Explosive Disposal Ordnance (EOD) kits keeping in mind the Commonwealth Games to be held in October.
The kits are being acquired to boost the capabilities of the bomb disposal squads in the Capital, police said.
EODs are bomb detection devices that have an array of chemicals as well as other equipment used to detect as well as diffuse bombs.
The equipment are kept in a small suitcase or a carry-bag.
“The chemicals in an EOD kit can help us identify the different types of explosives. It can help us differentiate between RDX, PETN and other explosive chemicals. Right now we need more such kits to reduce our reaction time," said a senior bomb disposal squad (BDS) officer on the condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Delhi Police was planning to acquire more EOD kits for some time. But the twin blasts in Bangaluru sped up the process. The tenders for the kits were floated on April 20.
“We want to be prepared for any sort of situation. The twin blasts in Bengaluru has made us realise the necessity of having more such kits. During the Games, the extra number of kits will help us in having more BDS teams covering more spots," the officer said.
The police had acquired a number of bomb blankets earlier and mobile bomb diffusing units as well.
"The kits are being bought to enhance the capability of the BDS teams,” Delhi police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said.
“During CWG-2010 we will be able to station more teams with the kits at various locations."