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Bomb scare again in Delhi; now near a college

May 30, 2011 01:54 PM IST India India
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New Delhi: Even as the Delhi Police gropes in the dark to find clues behind last week's blast outside the Delhi High Court on May 25, another explosive device with wires and batteries was found outside South Delhi's Gargi College on Monday afternoon. However, there was no explosion this time.

The bag was detected at a bus stand near Gargi College on Khel Gaon Marg, a senior police official said. The police received a call alerting them about the suspicious object at around noon.

"No connection with the 25th May blast outside the Delhi High Court. Seems to be a fire cracker assembly with pencil cells and nothing was connected so nothing could have gone off. It's definitely a prank or an act of mischief," said Chhaya Sharma, DCP, South District, Delhi Police.

While the police say the material found could not have resulted in an explosion, everything present at the site however was an uncanny resemblance to an explosive device. Imagine stumbling upon an object with a powdery substance, a wire and two pencil cells, the mind would immediately see it as a bomb.

If the intention was not to detonate the device but to create panic, then it was mission accomplished.

"Lots of smoke emitted while the police defusing it," said an eyewitness.

"There were lots of gun powders," said another eyewitness.

The fact that the bomb was found opposite a college created a bit of panic among the students and passersby.

"Now the students need to be vigilant about the area around them and alert the police immediately. The police confirmed to our staff that it was a bomb and it has been diffused," said Gargi College Principal Meera Ramachandran.

Bomb or no bomb, the bottom-line is that this is the fifth such incident involving explosives in the last year, where the police have failed to come to a conclusion. With the Delhi Police failing to solve the mysteries of the recent past, the pressure is only mounting.