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Shillong: A day after an IED blast in Police Bazar on Sunday evening, a sense of fear still lingered in the minds of the shopkeepers and shoppers as they tried to carry on with their daily activities.

Many were seen curiously waiting for the barricades to be lifted, which was eventually done after 1 pm on Monday.

Abhijeet, a passerby, said that he had not witnessed such incidents in the past, and they feel safe. But if such things are happening in a place like Police Bazar, then it’s sad. “We feel safe, but we can’t say for how long,” said Abhijeet.

Deependu, another passerby, said nobody would feel safe because a lot of people move around in this area. “This incident could have been worse, leading to a lot of injuries had it been a weekday or Saturday. But thankfully, it was on Sunday and fewer people around. Hope govt will act swiftly,” he said.

Ram, a resident of the Tura district who works in one of the restaurants in Police Bazar, was disheartened with such an incident and said that it brings a huge loss to their business. He added that had it happened on market days, people could have even lost their lives.

Kailash Verma, owner of Shillong’s famous Delhi Mistan Bhandar which is adjacent to where the blast occurred, recalled the loud explosion thinking that it came from the kitchen.

Verma said that he immediately rushed out and got the smell of potassium nitrate, a chemical usually used for firecrackers.

“I don’t think this bomb was designed to kill anybody since it was planted in such an area and on a day where they were less crowd,” said Verma.

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