Rahul, an 11-year-old boy who sells balloons at the Barakhamba Road crossing near Connaught Place, could turn out to be of vital help in tracking down those responsible for the blasts.
After a bomb kept in a garbage can near the Akashdeep building bus stop went off in the evening, Rahul told media persons, “I saw two bearded men dressed in black kurtas and pyjamas near the garbage bin. They put an object wrapped in black polythene into the bin.”
Rahul said the two men came in an auto-rickshaw. “They put the object into the bin and left after five minutes. The blast took place 15 minutes later. I was scared and ran away from the spot,” he said.
Further panic ensued while the boy was talking to some mediapersons and rumours spread that the boy himself had been strapped with bombs. Policemen immediately whisked him away for questioning to an undisclosed location.
“If the boy has really seen the miscreants, he could provide us with vital clues,” said a senior police official. However, he refused to say where the boy had been taken.
The plastic garbage can was blown away by the blast and the spot on the usually busy Barakhamba Road presented a gruesome sight on Saturday with blood splashed on the road and nearby vehicles and pieces of cloth and plastic were strewn all around.
“I was nearby and rushed to the Metro station after hearing a blast. The sight was ghastly with blood all around and people screaming,” said Shashank, who works in an office near the Gopal Das Bhavan.