Chandni Chowk blast: Owner of shop absconding; body still unclaimed

News Agencies | First published: 25 October 2016, 21:03 IST

One person has been killed and two reportedly injured in an explosion in Delhi's Chandni Chowk area on 25 October. The incident has reportedly taken place in Chandni Chowk's Naya Bazar area.

The explosion took place around 10.40 AM when Motalip Mirza, a labourer, was carrying two large packets of crackers.

A CCTV footage of the incident shows that the blast occurred as Mirza put the bags in front of a shop, Saraswati Traders in the Pattewali Gali, police said.

"The cracker blast took place due to high pressure and the huge quantity of crackers. Mirza died in the explosion while four others were injured," said a senior police officer.

Police said 60-year-old Mirza's family lives in Murshidabad but nobody has come to claim the body till now. The owner of the shop where Mirza was employed is absconding, they said.

Injured Bhupendra Gupta, a rice trader, is undergoing treatment at Fortis Hospital. One of Gupta's employees said, "It is by God's grace that our lives are saved. Our owner was sitting downstairs and we were sitting on the terrace when we heard the noise. We immediately rushed downstairs since we felt that the building would collapse as it was shaking."

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