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Delhi Rohini court blast: DRDO scientist planted bomb to ‘kill neighbour’, say cops after arrest

By Priyanka Verma 
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Delhi : Officials said on Saturday that a 47-year-old DRDO scientist had been arrested in connection with the low-intensity explosion that occurred inside the Rohini district court earlier this month.On December 9, an explosion occurred inside courtroom 102, injuring one person.

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The accused has been identified as Bharat Bhushan Kataria, a senior scientist with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), according to sources. He was arrested on Friday.

Bharat Bhushan Kataria had planted the explosive in a tiffin box inside the courtroom as he wanted to kill his neighbour, who is an advocate, police said.

According to Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana, the accused entered the court at 9.33 am on the day of the incident with two bags, one of which he left behind inside the courtroom. He exited the court premises at 10.35 am.

“Both the parties had lodged several cases against each other. They are neighbours and live in the same building. Prima facie, it seems Kataria had a grudge against the lawyer,” said a senior police officer.

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Police added that only the detonator exploded and the explosive did not, adding that it would have been a much larger explosion otherwise.

The laptop bag in which the explosive was placed had the logo of a Mumbai-based firm that has a godown in Delhi, police said, adding that the firm helped them with the probe.

According to police, he entered the court in the guise of a lawyer and escaped after the blast.

The investigation has found that Katariya and his neighbour and lawyer Amit Vashisht had an old dispute and had filed several cases against each other over several matters, including water supply.

Police said Katariya allegedly planted the explosive at court to kill Mr Vashisht, who was appearing in court that day.

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It is now being investigated how the accused managed to take explosives inside the court premises. Police have found that the accused bought the remote used to set off the bomb and some other material from an e-commerce website. It is now being investigated where he arranged the explosives from.

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