A radiograph of the feet and ankles revealed no abnormalities but a FBC with a smear revealed a hypochromic, microcytic anaemia (Hb 8.2 g/dL) with teardrop cells, scanty pencil cells
, target cells and mild poikilocytosis.
Peripheral blood films in these cases revealed hypochromia and microcytosis, target cells and schistocytes and pencil cells
in those with iron deficiency complicating beta thalassemia trait.
In addition, a flashlight, guns, 125 meters of flexi wire and five pencil cells
were also recovered and confiscated.
The police claimed that pencil cells
were used in the blasts.
The normochromic blood film showed pencil cells
, some elliptocytes, and erythrocyte fragments.
It can be powered by four pencil cells
or an AC supply.