Chennai: One passenger was killed and 14 others injured in twin explosions in the Bangalore-Guwahati Express at platform number 9 of the Chennai Central Railway Station on Thursday morning.
The blasts reportedly took place in the sleeper coaches of the train as it was coming to an halt at the station, leaving a 24-year-old woman, who was a TCS employee, dead.
A suspect found hiding on the train reportedly with explosives was detained earlier by the police. Police sources say that he will be released as he has been found innocent.
The Tamil Nadu Police sources have now confirmed that the blasts were a terror attack. "I have told my officers to get information. We are trying to assess the situation," Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said.
The NIA has sent two teams to assist the Tamil Nadu Police in the probe. While one team has been sent from Hyderabad, the other has been sent from Delhi.
A Special Investigation Team would probe the twin bomb blasts that rocked the Bangalore-Guwahati Express.
Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said, "Our people are taking quick action. I think within a short span of time, we will be able to reach a conclusion."
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa asked people not to panic. "A special investigation team has been formed. They are cooperating with railway's security forces. The culprit will be put behind bars. Rs 1 lakh compensation for the family of dead, Rs 50,000 for those with serious injuries and Rs 25,000 for those with minor injuries will be given," she said in a statement.
"This will create fears in the mind of passengers. Thousands of passengers use the Chennai station every day. The police must take action and ensure that this is not repeated," said DMK leader TKS Elangovan.
The blasts took place at the junction of the sleeper coaches S4 and S5 while the train was entering the Chennai Central Railway Station. Those injured have been shifted to the Rajiv Gandhi hospital near the station Two of them are seriously injured and will undergo surgeries. Train services in and out of Chennai Central have been affected.
The Bangalore-Guwahati Express departed from the Chennai station at 10:30 am while the coaches S4 and S5 were in the Chennai yard for further investigations.
The police and the bomb disposal squads rushed to the spot immediately after the blasts. The Chennai helpline number released by the Railways is 044-25357398.
The police are investigating the matter with the Railway authorities calling it 'low-intensity' explosions. "There were two separate blasts in the train. The entire police force is involved in the investigation," said Southern Railways General Manager Rakesh Mishra.
The family of the woman who died in the blasts has been granted a compensation amount of Rs 1 lakh by the Railways. Those who were critically injured will be given Rs 25,000 each while those with minor injuries will be given Rs 5,000 each.
Bangalore helpline numbers: 08022356409, 08022156553
Railway control number: 08022876288
Swati, who lost her life in the blasts.