Blast at Chennai Railway Station – probe launched to investigate source of bombs (Photos)

Blast at Chennai Railway Station – probe launched to investigate source of bombs (Photos)

Blast at Chennai Railway Station – probe launched to investigate source of bombs (Photos)

Written by News 1st

01 May, 2014 | 11:00 am

A woman was killed and at least eighteen others were injured in a low intensity blast in one of the coaches of the Bangalore-Guwahati superfast express (Train No. 12509) at Chennai Central Railway Station on Thursday morning.

The victim has been identified as Swati (22) from Guntur who was travelling from Bangalore to Vijayawada. Four passengers are said to be critical and have been admitted to the GH. Of the 14 others injured, most have injuries on the legs, while one person has a neck injury.

Police say the explosion was reported shortly after the Guwahati Express pulled into platform no. 9 at the railway station at around 7-30 a.m.

The blast has damaged three coaches (S3, S4 and S5). As of now, police are yet to confirm from which coach the blast was triggered.

The damaged coach of the Guwahati Express

The damaged coach of the Guwahati Express

Many trains approaching Chennai were detained at various stations. There was commotion in the busy central station and traffic congestion on all roads leading to it.

Southern Railway Additional General Manager S. Vijayakumaran said the three damaged coaches would be detached from the formation for detailed forensic analysis. The other coaches are being readied for onward journey.

A multi-agency probe was launched to investigate the source and nature of the bombs. The explosions came two days after the State police arrested Mohammed Zakir Hussain, a Sri Lankan national, who was part of an alleged plot to target vital installations in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

The arrival and departures of several morning trains from Chennai Central has been delayed even as the Government Railway Police and Railway Protection Force have cordoned off the area and pressed in sniffer dogs and bomb detection squads. Investigators were perusing the CCTV footage in Chennai and Bangalore to look for clues.

Tamil Nadu Director-General of Police K. Ramanujam said the cause of explosion was not established yet.

PTI adds that one person has been detained in connection with the blast.

The Hindu

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