Panic gripped the Capital for four hours as the police ran from pillar to post with suspicious, seemingly bomb-like objects that were discovered from five different parts of the city on Monday.
None of the objects, possibly planted by local pranksters, contained explosives.
The first bag was found near the Army Base Hospital in southwest Delhi’s Cantonment area at 2.37pm, after a man called the control room and said he had been handed the bag by two boys on a two-wheeler.
With the city on high alert in the wake of Thursday’s serial blasts in Hyderabad, within minutes, local police, the National Security Guard, Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Bomb Disposal Squad and the army reached the spot. All they recovered were broken chunks of a brick, a cake of soap and an empty purse from a black bag.
Ten minutes later, an abandoned bag was reported to have been discovered from south Delhi’s Gopinath market. Shredded paper was found in the bag.
At 5:30pm, the police control room was in a frenzy after receiving a call about a bike that had a leather bag attached to it. The bike, bearing a Rajasthan registration plate, had been abandoned at the M block market in Greater Kailash Part I – targeted during the serial bomb blasts of 2008.
“We tracked down the owner and he turned up to claim his bike almost immediately. He had apparently parked the vehicle in an unusual way. His bag was checked and nothing suspicious was recovered,” an officer said.
Simultaneously, a broken stereo speaker was recovered from a black bag dumped in a busy vegetable market in northwest Delhi’s Mongolpuri’s S block.
At 6:30pm, a suspicious bag was recovered on a DTC bus that had stopped at central Delhi’s Scindia House. It was found to contain documents that apparently a lawyer had chosen to discard.