The National Security Guard and the Special Cell of Delhi Police on Friday averted a major terror attack in the Ghazipur Flower market area of the national capital by defusing a 3-kg Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that was planted in the market.
The IED, which was found concealed bag triggered panic in the market area ahead of India's Republic Day.
The bag was initially spotted by a local vendor. However, he did not pay any heed to it and left. When he returned after some time, the bag was still there after which he informed a civil defence volunteer in the area who then made a PCR call around 10:16 am The Delhi Fire Service (DFS) was also informed at the same time.
A DFS official confirmed that they received a call around 10:20 am about an unattended bag at the Ghazipur Flower Market after which one fire engine was rushed to the spot.
With suspicions mounting the Delhi Police alerted the NSG about the suspicious object around 11 am, which sent its bomb disposal squad equipped with a bomb disposal container called Total Containment Vessel (TVC).
The Delhi Police deployed its anti-terror unit, the Special Cell, to deal with the situation. Over 30 policemen swarmed the entire area. The police cordoned off the area for the safety and security of the people.
The NSG personnel, wearing the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) suit or bomb suit, were also at the spot.
Then the NSG bomb disposal squad with the help of the police personnel dug an approximately 8 feet ditch in an open ground where the bag carrying the IED was dumped. At sharp 1:30 pm, a loud thud was heard after which everybody heaved a sigh of relief. The NSG conducted a controlled explosion of the recovered IED in that ditch, saving several lives that could have been snuffed out if the bomb had not been found and defused in time.
The preliminary probe has so far revealed that the bomb was kept inside an iron box which was then carefully concealed in a black bag.
Interestingly, it was learnt that a huge camera was already in place at the entrance gate of the Ghazipur Flower Market, but the camera’s focus was not towards the spot where the explosives-laden bag was kept.