Chennai twin blasts in Bangalore-Guwahati superfast Express claims one life leaving 18 others injured
May 1, 2014 - Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Twin blasts occurred on Thursday morning at the Chennai Central Railway station in one of the coaches of the Bangalore-Guwahati Superfast. The blasts killed one woman passenger who was identified as Swathi hails from Guntur leaving 18 injured.
Swathi, an employee of TCS who was travelling from Bangalore to Vijayawada and four passengers are said to be in critical condition are being treated at the Government Hospital.
Police said that the explosion occurred at around 7:30 am in the morning that damaged severally the S-3, S-4 and S-5 coaches.
The injured have been identified as Murali (37), Krishnapant, Soren Pant, Santh, Bijan Kumar (24), Uma, Abdul Khan(24), Shihabul Haque (22), Vimal Kumar, Hari (21), Altaf Khan.
Multi-agency probe launched
Southern Additional Railway General manager S Vijaya Kumaran said that a multi-agency probe was launched to investigate the blasts. Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Director-General of Police K. Ramanujam said the cause of explosion was not established yet. 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. A team of National Security Guard (NSG) has been dispatched to Chennai blasts site.
The Railway authorities opened two helplines in Chennai- 044 25357398 and 044 64502416 and one in Bangalore 080 22876288.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemns Chennai blasts, says the act highlights desperation and cowardice of those responsible. DMK chief M Karunanidhi charges Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said that the blasts could have been prevented. He said that the police did not question the ISI agent arrested in the capital on Tuesday thoroughly and had they done so, the incident could have been avoided.
Security has been stepped up
In the back drop of the blast at the Chennai Railway Station, Security has been stepped up at airports, railway stations, bus-terminals and key installations in Tamil Nadu, including the Kalapakkam Atomic Power Plant, in the wake of the bomb blasts. Authorities have also enhanced security cover at the rooms where Electronic Voting Machines that stored votes polled in 39 Lok Sabha constituencies on April 24 have been placed.
Government announced compensation
The State Government has announced a compensation of Rs.1 lakh for the kin of the deceased and RS.25,000 for those who are critically injured and Rs.5,000 for other who received minor injuries.