“It was a spectacle of terror and trauma.” This is how senior advocate Dushyant Dave, who along with other Delhi high court lawyers helped several injured persons, described the scene.
“Since court proceedings had just begun, many lawyers were outside the building. As we heard a loud explosion, we all rushed to the site. There was thick smoke, nails and shards of glass were scattered everywhere,” Dave told Hindustan Times.
“Primarily, we managed traffic on the road so that the injured could be taken to the police vans swiftly. Lawyers stood at the two ends of the road to stop vehicles approaching Delhi high court,” said the senior counsel, who was in his car opposite gate number 5 where the blast occurred at 10.15am.
Dave, along with Delhi High Court Bar Association president AS Chandhiok and vice president Kirti Uppal, worked with other advocates, members of the public and the police as a team to help victims after the terror strike.
He said more than 15 Police Control Room (PCR) vans reached the spot within few minutes of the explosion.
“Quick police response saved many lives. Else, many among the injured could have died. These vans zoomed off with the victims to hospitals,” Dave added.
Several lawyers and high court staff left the court proceedings mid-way and rushed to the spot. Within minutes of the explosion, all lawyers had vacated the premises.