Indian policemen gather to investigate an explosion that killed one person in the old quarters of New Delhi on Tuesday. Photograph: (AFP)
Prima facie it appears to be a firecracker explosion in a jute bag, police told news agency ANI
An explosion in Chandni Chowk area in Delhi on Tuesday morning killed one and at least five others were injured, Indian media reported.
CCTV footage shows people ducking after the explosion and running through the congested lanes of Naya Bazar, a wholesale market, in Old Delhi.
“Prima facie it looks like a firecracker explosion in a jute bag,” police told news agency, ANI.
The man who died was carrying two jute bags on his head, said the police. The explosion took place when he placed the bags on the ground.
According to ANI, the anti-terror wing and senior police officials rushed to the spot.
According to news agency ANI, interior minister Rajnath Singh called up Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Verma and inquired about the person who died in the explosion this morning in Naya Bazar.
Singh telephoned the Delhi Police Commissioner to take stock of the situation in the national capital and sought a detailed report into the incident, ANI reported.
The interior minister also instructed Verma to arrest those involved in the incident and take all possible measures to ensure peace in the city.
Delhi has been on high-alert because of the festival season.