Kharge promise quick probe into train blast in Chennai
Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge has promised a quick probe into the twin blasts in Guwahati-Bangalore express after it reached Chennai Central Station this morning.
Speaking to reporters here, he said one 24-year-old woman, who was going from Bangalore to Vijayawada, on her way to Guntur, had died and nine were injured. Among the injured two received grevious injuries.
The Train had left Bangalore city past midnight yesterday and 10 minutes after it reached platform number 9 in Chennai Central station, the two low intensity bombs exploded. Experts have begun the probe and Tamil Nadu Police are cooperating with the Railway police, he said.
Mr Kharge announced Rs one lakh compensation to the family of the dead and Rs 25,000 to the two who were seriouisly injured and Rs 5000 to those who suffered minor injuries.
He said the blasts occurred 10 minutes after the train came to a halt at Chennai Central and it occurred in sleeper coaches S4 and S5.
"The two coaches are being removed and two alternate coaches are being attached. The train will continue its onward journey at 1100 hrs from Chennai today," he said.
Mr Kharge expressed sorrow over the death of the young woman and others who sustained injuries and promised quick action by the railway authorities who are in touch with Union home ministry officials.
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(Posted on 01-05-2014)