“Is samay sab apne se dikhai de rahe hain (At this hour, all victims seem like my own kin),” said Ajit Kumar, an Income Tax official, sitting outside the emergency ward at the Ram Monohar Lohia hospital.
Kumar’s wife was injured in the blast at Central Park. They had come to Connaught Place to buy a birthday gift for their six-year-old daughter.
“We were going towards the parking lot at Palika Bazaar when we heard a loud explosion. There was smoke all around. when the smoke cleared I saw my wife lying nearby. I somehow lifted her and came outside,” said Kumar.
“Where is my son, please let me have one look at him,” wailed Ranjana Mishra at RML. Her 17-year-old son Ashutosh, a Class XI student, had been injured at Connaught Place, and she doesn’t know his whereabouts.
At the hospital, at least ten were confirmed dead and more than 60 injured.
As the family hunted around for news of their son, they were finally informed by the hospital that he was under treatment.
A visibly shaken Benarasi Lal, a 25-year-old pavement dweller, who had received an injury on his head at Karol Bagh, said, “It was evening time, time for business. I was selling idols. Suddenly, there was an explosion and everybody started running. I just collapsed at the spot.”
Eighty-year-old Brahm Dutt came all the way to RML looking for his grandson Akshit Sharma. “I got a call from Akshit’s friend that he was injured in a bomb blast. I still don’t know if my grandson is alive or not. Please help me find him out,” said Dutt.
For Leena, a resident of Sarojini Nagar, memories of the Delhi blast in her area two years ago immediately came back when she got a call that Deepu, her 19-year-old relative, was injured at the Connaught Place blasts.
Leena later found out that Deepu, an engineering student, was being given treatment for some burn injuries.
She said, “He doesn’t know what happened. All he told me was that something sharp hit him in the back.”