Young lawyers who were witness to the High Court blast say it left them horrified, but rescue ops were prompt and smooth.
Aditya Shamlal, 25
The blast occurred around 10.15 am. I was sitting in my chamber in the old block and I heard a loud explosion, which shook the entire building. All of us immediately exited the chamber and saw that court staff and police personnel were carrying injured people to ambulances. There was a lot of blood, but thankfully, rescue ops were prompt. Wednesday is public interest litigation day and visitor passes are issued from gate 5, so the crowd was a lot more than other days. The May 25 blast was also at lunchtime near the crowded cafeteria.
Priyanka Kapoor, 25
After the blast, we could smell gunpowder in the air. Someone told us it was an engine explosion at the nearby Metro station. My car was parked near the blast site, so I wanted to check … there were bodies everywhere. The car was stained with blood, too. We were asked to evacuate as rumours of other blasts kept coming in. It was very different from the blast which happened a few months ago at gate 7 — this time, the casualties were high and everyone was scared. At one point we, didn’t know if we were safer inside the court or outside!
Prasouk Jain, 22
I was in my car just outside the court when the blast took place. Barely three minutes later, I saw the cops and the medical team arrive at the court. Initially, there was no visible panic — perhaps because there was no time for people to react before rescue and evacuation began. We weren’t allowed to go anywhere near the building as the police began barricading the blast site. Some of my colleagues inside didn’t even know what had happened, but people were evacuated within minutes. It was all done in a very orderly manner and there was no panic.