Just as people in Mayapuri in west Delhi thought that the radioactive threat looming over them was over, two more sources of Cobalt-60 were detected from the area late on Tuesday night.
A team of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) scientists worked for over four hours late into the night and cleaned up the area before giving it a clean chit.
According to shopkeepers in the area and the police, the two new sources as well as the earlier radioactive material both belong to the same consignment of scrap, delivered and distributed among scrap shops a month back.
Sushil Mahashay, general secretary of W-Block Association of Scrap Dealers said, “It is from the same consignment of scrap which came to Mayapuri. The workers in their effort to extract lead, broke open the boxes in which the cobalt was packed.”
The police are still trying to find out from where the scrap originated.
“Although the people here claim that it came from Faridabad we believe that the whole consignment of scrap came from Alang in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat,” said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
“It has a huge ship recycling yard that recycle approximately half of all ships salvaged around the world. The yards are located on the Gulf of Khambat, 50 kilometres southeast of Bhavnagar.”
Where was it found?
The two fresh sources were found in ‘Gupta Metal Company’ at D-127, owned by Giriraj Gupta, in Mayapuri Phase-I.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Sharad Aggarwal said, “As of now all we know is that the two new sources are weaker than the earlier ones. ”
According to the workers at the shop there was a very small intensity blast inside the metal kept in the unit. Then experts came and checked the metal.
Jagdish Bhutani, a relative of Gupta said, “Yesterday, one worker Babloo was admitted due to radiation poisoning. Then a team carried out investigations and found something of a size of pen’s cap took it.”