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Wednesday September 07, 2011 02:44:37 PM, IANS

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New Delhi: Blood splattered on the street, tatters of what were till a few minutes ago litigants' papers, deafening wails, disfigured men raising hysterical screams -- what was a regular bustling weekday morning turned into a nightmare when a bomb went off outside Gate No.5 of the Delhi High Court.

Horror-struck lawyers, journalists, litigants and locals ran in all directions, stumbling into victims, bags and what looked like their remains, lying on the road.

It was only after the heavy smoke triggered by the "terrible explosion" withered away did they come to terms with the monstrosity of the act.

Hysteria, panic and dread followed. Some burst into tears, some were too stunned to cry. Some picked themselves together, some didn't have the limbs to move.

The fact that it was a terror attack sunk in, sending a chill down people's spine. Flashbacks of 26/11, the recent Mumbai attacks played in the minds. People nervously repeated prayers in their minds. It was the second bombing attempt outside Delhi High Court in four months. Only this time, it was just not an attempt. It was the 19th terror attack in the capital in the last 15 years.

If terror has a colour, it was there, splashed in red on clothes, road, and wherever the intensity of the blast took it.

Soon, ambulances, police jeeps and OB vans started flocking the venue. People, half-alive, severed, were stuffed into vans to be taken to hospitals. Police cordoned off the area and the journalists went onto cover the biggest news of the week -- which will soon turn into a brief 7/9.
















 

 

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