Last week I went shopping in the walled city of Old Delhi to buy fancy boxes of dried fruit and nuts as Diwali gifts. Yesterday morning at 10:45am, there was an explosion a few streets away near the Lahori Gate in Khari Baoli. One person was killed and several injured. Clouds of black smoke blanketed the area and the blast shattered nearby windows. The area was in lock down until the police declared that it was not a terrorist bomb, but a firecracker accident.

This is not Mr Mirza, but goodness knows what is in the sack

An itinerant worker, 36 year old Mutalip Mirza, came to Delhi looking for work at the weekend. He was charged with taking a package containing 45kg of explosive caps for toy guns from a go-down to a shop in the Naya Bazar. He carried the sack on his head, while smoking a roll up cigarette (a bidi). According to CCTV footage, as he was passing the mosque on Pattewali Gali (alleyway), he stopped and threw the sack down onto the ground, initiating the minor explosion. It blew him two metres away, killing him instantly. He probably was unaware of what he was carrying.


By Dr Alfred Prunesquallor

Maverick doctor with 40 years experience, I reduced my NHS commitment in 2013. I am now enjoying being free lance, working where I am needed overseas. Now I am working in the UK helping with the current coronavirus pandemic.

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