Timely intervention by four policemen prevented sixth blast

September 14th, 2008 - 5:00 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 14 (IANS) “No fear can drive me away from duty,” said Constable Suresh Kumar, who was among four policemen who detected — and defused — a live bomb at the Regal building in Connaught Place showing exemplary presence of mind and courage. Assistant sub-inspector Mahendra Singh, head constable P.N. Subhash and constables Suresh Kumar and Praveen Sharma swung into action to search the central business district of the national capital within minutes of the blasts in the Central Park in Connaught Place.

The four policemen posted at the Connaught Place station were on duty at the Regal Cinema hall when the blast took place at the Central Park.

“We immediately searched the two dustbins (one blue and one green) kept on the left side of the hall… and then we searched the dustbins on the right side. There we recovered a bomb from the green dustbin,” Praveen Sharma told IANS.

However, it was Suresh Kumar who without any second thought immediately pulled out the wires thus breaking the circuit of the bomb and defusing it.

“I just had to do my duty so I didn’t think anything else,” Suresh Kumar told IANS.

Kumar, a native of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, revealed that his family was worried about his safety.

Describing what exactly happened at that time, Praveen Sharma said: “Suresh Kumar immediately pulled out the black and green wires of the bomb and threw the red clock of Prince-make away.”

“We then immediately placed sand bags over the black material (explosives) to which the circuit was attached,” Sharma added.

They then informed the Bomb Disposal squad which soon arrived and placed further protective layerings over the explosives. The NSG and the BDS later disposed of the bomb late Saturday night.

The NSG revealed to the police that the explosives used in the bomb discovered at the Regal building were the most powerful among those placed in Connaught Place.

“The presence of mind of the four is commendable seeing that the area around Regal building is one of the busiest in Connaught Place… their action averted a deadly blast,” said Ravi Sharma, manager of Regal cinema.

Another live bomb was found near Regal Cinema hall later Saturday and was also defused.

At any time of the day, several hundred people can be found in the Regal building area. Both Suresh and Praveen stated that the training imparted to them proved handy Saturday.

“Whatever training we got at the police academy came handy at the time of defusing the bomb,” said Praveen, who hails from Agra in Uttar Pradesh.

Praveen had joined Delhi police six years ago while Suresh Kumar joined Delhi police in 1994.

Asked about any out of turn promotion or prize incentive for the policemen, Deputy Commissioner of police (New Delhi) Anand Mohan told IANS: “We are thinking over it… it’s a policy decision to be taken at headquarters. We will definitely be doing something for them.”

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