Taking no chances, the Delhi [ Images ] police threw a massive security ring in almost all the major hospitals where the victims of Wednesday's high intensity blast outside the high court were rushed in.
The media persons were kept away from the victims as far as possible and the entry of journalists in Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Lok Naik Jaiprakash Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital and the All India [ Images ] Institute of Medical Science was barred.
The moment this correspondent managed to sneak into the AIIMS trauma centre, groans of the badly-injured victims and the relatives of the deceased could be heard.
All the eleven bodies were lying in the mortuary of RML hospital and the moment a body was identified by one of the relatives, the policemen on duty would take down all the relevant details, crosscheck it with the hospital record and hand over the body to the relatives.
A senior doctor told rediff.com that in all 59 injured persons were brought to the hospital for treatment. "While some left the hospital after getting treated for simple injuries, some had to be operated. Some for stomach injuries and some for injured legs. Some of them are in a serious condition," the doctor said.
Relatives of John and Ronald Nagar were so disgusted with what they saw at the hospital that they decided to shift their near and dear ones to a private hospital for further treatment for splinter injuries.
Residents of Safdarjung Development Area in South Delhi, the two brothers had gone to Delhi high court as one of their cases was coming up for hearing when they got caught in the bomb blast.
Vinod Goel, brother of Mridul Goel, from Uttam Nagar in West Delhi, started crying when a doctor told him that his brother had gone into coma after being operated for stomach injuries.
Another Sanjay Goel, 37, from Malviya Nagar received injuries in the right leg just below the thigh. "We hope to make him walk after another operation," said a surgeon who had operated on him. Amongst unending list of injured, the name of Manoj Arora, a Bhartiya Janata Party worker, also figured prominently.
Islamuddin of Seelampur happened to be passing by the reception of Delhi high court when the blast took place at Gate number 5. He had received injuries on the legs and arms and had to be operated upon and removed to ICU for further treatment.
"When the injured started arriving many had lost their legs, some had splinter wounds and some came with their stomach open. It was a ghastly sight. Never before I have witnessed so much of blood oozing out of the wounds of the injured," a junior doctor at the RML hospital, who had joined duty a couple of months back, told rediff.com.