Delhi Police keep an eye on blast victims, families
A day after a blast in Mehrauli that killed two people and injured 17, Delhi Police kept an eye on the blast victims and their families at the AIIMS trauma centre, report Jaya Shroff Bhalla and Ritika Chopra. Spl Coverageindia Updated: Sep 29, 2008 00:28 IST
AIIMS trauma centre was dotted by Delhi Police personnel on Sunday as they kept an eye on the blast victims and their families.
Brushing aside rumours that one blast victim, Alauddin Khan, was involved in causing the blast, the police said they have not identified any such patient.
“We are keeping track of the movements of all the victims at the hospitals. We want to know what they were doing at the time of the explosions. They might provide clues,” said a police official.
Dr Biplab Mishra, associate professor in the surgery department at AIIMS, said the police have requested the hospital authorities for blood samples of all admitted patients as part of routine investigation.
Khan’s relatives said he was at the market to buy fruits when the blast occurred. “He called his brother, Shamsher, and told him that he was injured. He lost consciousness after that,” said his relative Abdur Rehman. Khan, who suffered bowel injuries, was operated upon on Sunday.
Khan’s mother is in Bihar. “She is upset, but she can’t come over because she has fractured her leg,” said Sahib Singh, Khan’s elder brother.
Vikas Lukhad, 10, had gone to the market to get a Video CD exchanged, despite his parents’ protests. “He is stubborn. He refused to listen,” said Saroj Mehrauli, his aunt, sitting outside the surgery ward.
The class IV student was operated upon on Sunday morning after splinters of the bomb damaged his bowel. Lukhad is recovering at the surgery ward.
Bhisham Singh and his wife Pushpa, parents of Sheetal, looked relieved after meeting their daughter on Sunday. The 11-year-old is in the ICU.
Sheetal, a Class VII student, and her mother were returning home after her classes when the blast happened. She suffered injuries on the face and her jaw was broken.
Shopkeeper Vinod Khatter’s friends and family too were waiting outside the surgery ward. “He has damaged his eardrums. But he is recovering well,” said a neighbour.