They expected to recover diamonds worth crores of rupees, but the city’s diamond traders were shocked on Friday after they found diamonds worth only Rs1.5 lakh from Opera House, where the precious stones were scattered after many traders got injured when the bomb exploded on Wednesday.
They also recovered Rs 10,000 cash, which was found scattered through the area.
Personnel from the diamond industry searched the area in and around Tata Road Number 2, where the blast had taken place, after they got police permission on Friday.
“Around 12 brokers, traders and others from the industry conducted the search operation from 11 am to 7 pm,” a trader said, requesting anonymity. “Only about seven carat diamonds could be found, around 50 pieces.
The search team has also collected some debris, which will be scanned meticulously on Saturday, for more diamonds. “But we don’t really expect many diamond pieces to be in the debris,” the trader said.
Traders expected to find a lot of diamonds as, usually, after 5.30 pm, a lot of traders have unsold diamonds in their pockets. The diamonds, stored in packets, are usually taken to prospective buyers during the day. Once the day ends, traders bring these packets back to their offices. That’s the time the blast occurred.