Blasts rip through Bangalore-Guwahati express; 1 dead, 14 injured
Terror revisited Tamil Nadu when a 24-year-old woman new TCS recruit, returning to her home town in Andhra, was killed and 14 other passengers were injured as two low intensity blasts ripped through the Bangalore-Guwahati express, minutes after it arrived at the Chennai Central Station this morning.
Police sources told UNI that the explosions took place in the S4 and S5 coaches, around 0715 hrs, about ten minutes after the train arrived on Platform No 9 from Bangalore.
Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge has promised a dpeedy probe into the blasts and announced Rs one lakh compensation to the family of the dead woman, Swati, and Rs 25,000 to the two who were seriously injured and Rs 5,000 to those with minor injuries.
As some travellers alighted and others boarded the train for their destinations, a deafening sound from the two coaches sent the passengers scurrying for cover.
The bombs were placed under seat no: 70 in S-4 coach and Seat number 30 in the S-5 coach.
Both the enclosures in the coach were damaged in the explosions.
Police and Railway officials confirmed that one woman, Swati, a resident of Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, was killed in the blasts, while 14 others were injured and admitted to the Rajiv Gandhi Government Hospital, where the condition of two passengers is said to be serious.
(Posted on 01-05-2014)