Five days after a low intensity bomb went off under a vehicle parked close to the Delhi high court complex, the remnants of a black polythene containing wires, alkaline batteries and a ‘suspicious’ powdery substance was found outside Delhi University’s Gargi College in south Delhi on Monday morning.
Though eyewitnesses claimed to have heard an explosion, the police, dismissing it as a crude, amateurish assembly, said the suspicious object was recovered from a bus stop parallel to the college wall at Defence Colony after an examinee spotted it while awaiting a bus around 11:45pm.
“The said student, whose identity cannot be revealed, spotted the bag, approached a PCR van stationed opposite the college and brought it to their notice. The PCR, in turn, informed the control room at 11.55pm, and, within 15 minutes, the dog and bomb squads arrived on the spot,” said a senior police officer.
Meanwhile, the PCR officials cordoned-off the bus stop in addition to an area falling within a 100-metre radius of the spot where the object was recovered from.
“One of our students, was waiting at the bus stop after appearing in the exam (BCom). She saw a suspicious object in a polybag. She informed the PCR van posted opposite the campus and then informed us. The bomb squad team came and defused the bomb. It was because of her presence of her mind that a potential tragedy was averted,” said Meera Ramachandran, principal, Gargi College.
Amulya Patnaik, joint commissioner of police (southern range) described the object as ‘half a black, polythene containing a silvery substance, two pencil cells and a dangling wire’ adding that it was nothing but an attempted prank.
Sources claimed the polythene covering had ‘Sadar Bazar’ printed on it, leading investigators to hazard a guess that it was hurriedly assembled at a residence somewhere in the capital before being dropped-off, deliberately outside a girl’s college, by miscreants looking for nothing but a laugh.
“The object was nothing but a fire-cracker kind of assembly that could not have even caught fire since there were no flammable substances composing it. It is nothing but a prank,” maintained additional DCP and Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat.
Chhaya Sharma, deputy commissioner of police (south) said the said object had been sent to the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL) for examination and to ascertain the chemical composition of the powdery substance.