Two explosions on a train killed a 24-year-old woman and wounded 14 people, two of them critically, at the Chennai Central Railway Station on Thursday morning. Train No 12509 that left Bangalore Junction at 10.30 pm on Wednesday was scheduled to arrive at Chennai Junction at 5.40 a.m. However, the train reached Central station around 7.10 a.m. Within few minutes, bombs exploded one after the other in reserved second sleeper coaches, S 4 and S 5.
Two bomb blasts at the busy Chennai central railway station ripped through coaches of an approaching train on Thursday morning, killing a passenger and wounding 14 others, five of them seriously. In twin bomb blast, a 24 years old woman passenger named swati from Guntur died. She was an employee of Tata Consultancy Services Ltd travelling from Bangalore to Andhra Pradesh to see her parents.
Eyewitnesses said they heard two explosions on coaches S4 and S4 of the Bangalore-Guwahati Kaziranga express as it arrived at the Chennai railway station.
The train arrived at 7.05 am and the explosions took place at 7.15 am. The train was on its way to Guwahati.
One suspect who had been detained following the twin blasts may be released. The Tamil Nadu Police detained a person for questioning. Authorities suspect the blasts were caused by bombs planted on the train, said M Bhupati, spokesperson of Southern Railway.
The Railways has announced a solarium of Rs 1 lakh for the deceased and Rs 25,000 for seriously injured and Rs 5,000 for those who have sustained minor injuries.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa issued strong condemnations of the incident, with the Prime Minister saying the act highlights the “desperation and cowardice” of those responsible.
The senior railway official said that they hoped to restore operations at the railway station to normal at the earliest. Bomb disposal squad and dog squad have been pressed into action. Mishra said the police was investigating the nature of the blast and those who could be behind it. Police officials searched the train following the blast and a team of the National Investigations Agency is also heading to Chennai for further investigations.
All the injured were rushed to the multi-specialty Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital which is near the station. “We have specialists attending to the patients. The condition of all the injured is stable,” said Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan.