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?People walked around in flames?

Had it not been for Buddh Prakash, the alert conductor of the DTC bus near Okhla Phase I, at least 40 more lives could have been lost.

india Updated: Oct 30, 2005 13:21 IST

Had it not been for Buddh Prakash, the alert conductor of the DTC bus near Okhla Phase I, at least 40 more lives could have been lost. Prakash noticed a bag lying under a seat and immediately asked the driver to halt the bus. He then told the passengers to get down immediately. Unfortunately, Kuldeep, the driver, panicked; he picked up the bag and hurled it outside. That’s when the bomb exploded, injuring at least 10 people.

In the melee that followed the Paharganj bomb blast, many of the injured found themselves separated from their friends and family who were also hurt in the blast.

While patients were first taken to Lady Hardinge Medical College, closest to the blast site, the more critically injured were moved to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. “My friend Titu is admitted in LHMC, his wife, we just discovered, was taken to RML,” said Amit Kumar, a Karol Bagh resident.

At RML, an official tried to reunite a two-year-old with his mother. The child, severely injured in the blast, was separated from her after the rescue team took her to LHMC.

At Sarojini Nagar, shopkeeper Satinder Pal Sharma recalls the scene after the blast. “It was like people in flames walking all around us — their clothes were torn off. Women and men were walking in a daze in a semi-nude condition with burn injuries all over their bodies. All that we shopkeepers did was to wrap bed sheets around the victims and help them on to PCR vans and ambulances,” he said.

First Published: Oct 30, 2005 01:46 IST