Two days after a bomb placed in a dustbin rocked Connaught Place, police went into panic, upturning all trash bins in the area.
What’s more, Delhi Metro, which is a stickler for cleanliness, on Monday ordered the removal of all dustbins from the platform areas at all stations.
Officials said it was a precautionary measure as terrorists had used dustbins for the serial bomb blasts on Saturday.
On the roadsides, the very familiar blue and green bins seen in the NDMC area were not only turned upside down, they were also tied together to ensure they were completely unusable.
Garbage –– including stubbed cigarettes, plastic, bottles, and wrappers –– was collected in heaps around many of the dustbins.
“It looks like authorities feel better this way. No dustbins, so no place to drop bombs in,” quipped Ramesh Sharma, who commutes from Lajpat Nagar from KG Marg.
But what purpose would upturned dustbins achieve?
“The NDMC has not taken any such step. If the bins have been upturned in certain areas it had been done by the police, probably as a precautionary measure,” said Anand Tiwari, NDMC spokesperson.
But the danger from dustbins has got to Delhi Metro officials too.
The sense of panic was not limited to keeping dustbins empty. Restaurants like Subway have stopped making home deliveries from their outlets in the sensitive GK I market and Outer Circle in Connaught Place.
“The atmosphere is not congenial now and we don’t want to risk the life of our workers,” said the delivery service guys, when contacted to place orders.