Terror revisits TN; 1 dead, 14 injured in Chennai Central blasts
Terror revisited Tamil Nadu when a 24-year-old new TCS woman 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.
President Pranab Mukherjee directed the state government to spare no efforts in bringing the perpetrators of this heinous attack to justice.
In a message to Tamil Nadu Governor Dr K Rosaiah, the President said such senseless acts of violence deserved the strongest condemnation.
"No efforts should be spared in bringing the perpetrators of this heinous attack to justice," he said.
The President said he was saddened to learn about the tragic loss of life and injuries to innocent travellers in the explosions and expressed confidence that the State Government and other agencies would provide all possible aid to the affected families.
Condemning the twin low intensity blasts, the BJP said the Union Government should continue to remain alert.
"The twin low intensity blasts in a compartment of the Bangalore-Guwahati express is utterly condemnable," BJP national spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman told a news conference in New Delhi.
"Media reports indicate that a bag containing materials good for making a pipe bomb were also found.
" We recall that nearly two years ago, during Mr LK Advani's Yatra against black money, his convoy was diverted from its scheduled route due to pipe bomb found under a culvert.
" Moreover, only last evening close to Chennai Central and enroute Guwahati, near Tirupati, BJPa€™s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had held his rally," Ms Sitharaman said.
"Forces inimical to India are out to disturb the peaceful environment in which elections are being held. They are active and information regarding such efforts have been brought to the notice of the election commission and the Union Home Minister by the BJP," she said.
"We reiterate the fact that there is every need to remain alert and not lower our guard even for a minute," she said.
"The Government of India should continue to remain alert," the BJP spokesperson added.
Southern Railway General Manager Rakesh Mishra, who rushed to the spot, announced an assistance of Rs one lakh to the family of the deceased woman, Rs 25,000 to the seriously injured and Rs 5,000 each to those with minor injuries.
"The condition of all the 14 passengers, who were injured in the twin blasts is stable," doctors at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital said.
Police have detained for interrogation a suspect, who was found hiding in one of the bathroom of the two coaches.
The Union Home Ministry, which has... picking up from para four, line one of DR87, Blast-TN-Second Lead Station Two Chennai.
(Posted on 02-05-2014)