The explosion outside the Delhi High Court on Wednesday afternoon was the ninth such ‘low-intensity blast’ in the past seven years.
In all previous cases, the Delhi Police could either not trace the perpetrators or find out the motive behind the blasts. These mysterious blasts in the Capital have left the Delhi Police baffled. They suspect the role of ‘panic-mongers’ in the incidents.
After the September 13, 2008 serial blasts — which killed 26 people and injured around 70 — the city had witnessed several minor blasts.
Fifteen days after the September 13 blasts, a low-intensity explosion killed a girl in Mehrauli. This incident, a series of mysterious blasts near IIT in south Delhi and the Jama Masjid blasts in 2005 and 2010 remain unsolved.
“In these blasts, vehicles were targeted. Crude bombs packed with iron shrapnel were used. There is a small manufacturing unit where these crude bombs are made illegally but we don’t know its location yet,” said a senior police officer, requesting anonymity.
Three such blasts had taken place in 2008 alone. The first blast in the series took place on January 16 near IIT Gate. The second occurred on February 1. Both blasts took place at night and only vehicles were damaged as a result.
A similar blast was reported at the Lado Sarai T-point in July 2005, in which at least three vehicles were damaged. In that case, again, the same type of crude bomb had been used.
In all the blasts, no terrorist outfit came forward to claim responsibility. The explosive materials used in the low-intensity, chemical-based bombs were quite similar. Nails, too, had been used in earlier blasts.
Meanwhile, the police have approached suppliers of chemicals like potassium nitrate and sulphur and sought details of recent purchases from them.