(It’s very crowded ahead, I’ll just get off and walk, you take the rickshaw till that chat stall,’’ is what a paanwallah—who is with Delhi Police since then—heard the terrorist tell 35-year-old Sadanand Paswan, the rickshaw-puller. He then got off, leaving his bag behind. Barely 10 metres from the paan stall and five minutes later, the bomb went off in the rickshaw killing Paswan and 15 others. ‘‘Paswan’s cousin told us that his rickshaw number was 17 and he always ferried passengers from New Delhi railway station to Paharganj and back for Rs 10 one-way. This implies the terrorist could have come from the station— or also escaped quickly after boarding a train soon after the blast. The station is just 400 metres from the blast spot.
The second major lead the investigators got was from an eyewitness who had talked to the second bomber wearing a red T-shirt on the DTC bus in Govindpuri. The passenger, in fact, had a brief altercation with the bomber who boarded the bus at Kalkaji Mandir stop. Police say he first stood two seats behind the driver as there was no place to sit but then he managed a seat in front of this particular passenger. The black bag, placed by the terrorist, under the seat was hitting the passenger’s feet and he had asked him to remove it. The terrorist, however, got up and just got off the bus prompting the passenger to raise an alarm.‘‘This passenger also got off the bus and disappeared after the conductor asked all passengers to alight. The identity of the person will be kept a secret.
The third bomber seems to have died in the Sarojini Nagar blast, sources say.