Chennai Bomb Blasts at the Chennai Central

Chennai Bomb Blasts at the Chennai Central

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Twin explosions took place in the Bangalore-Guwahati Express on Platform 9 of the Chennai Central Railway station at 7:15 am. The explosion took place in two bogies S4 and S5. killing a young woman and injuring 14 others. The woman was an employee of the Tata Consultancy Services.

Sources say that though the explosion was major, which injured 14 people and killed 1. It is said that the incident happened on a static train that was about to leave the station. Tamil Nadu DGP has also confirmed the number of the injured. According to the DGP, the railway minister has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 1 Lakh for the deceased, Rs 55,000 for the two seriously injured and Rs 5,000 for the 7 minor injured.

Train services from the area have been delayed or stopped. However, the Bangalore-Guwahati Express will leave in about half an hour, sources say. The Tamil Nadu police said that the suspect was hiding inside the train since Tuesday and has been arrested. One more person has been detained from the airport later in the day. The bomb was kept under a seat in two black bags. Since the train was running late, it is still not certain whether Chennai was the target or some other city.

A case has been registered by the railway police and investigations will be taken over by the Special Investigation Team (SID) or the CID. Various security forces have rushed to the spot, which include the bomb squad, the local police, and the CRPF, which is responsible for the safety of the platform. However, it is yet to be ascertained why the explosion happened and the nature of the blast, i.e whether it was an IED explosion or an RDX. However, recent investigations suggest that the blast was triggered with a mobile devise.

The deceased has been identified as a 22 year old girl-Swathi-from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.

  • Union Minister Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said it was not possible for railways to provide fool-proof security to its vast infrastructure.
  • Security was intensified at major railway stations across Andhra Pradesh in the wake of bomb explosions at Chennai Railway Station.
  • NCP termed as "terror attack" the twin blasts in the Bangalore-Guwahati Express at the Chennai Central Railway station.
  • Security across Kerala has been tightened in view of the twin-blasts at Chennai Central Railway Station.
  • Woman killed in Chennai bomb blasts was a TCS employee in Bangalore.
  • Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said an expert from New Delhi will visit Chennai to find out the cause behind the blasts in the Bangalore- Guwahati Express at the Chennai Central Railway station that left a woman dead. 
  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemns Chennai blasts; says the act highlights desperation and cowardice of those responsible.
  • BJP's state president Pon Radhakrishnan told reporters the bomb blasts could be in connection with BJP star Narendra Modi's electioneering in Andhra Pradesh Thursday.
  • In a statement issued, Governor Rosaiah expressed his deep shock at the bomb blasts.
  • Reports of security personnel subjecting trains to intensive checks resulting in delay in running of trains have come in from various parts of the state.
  • The injured have been identified as Murali (37), Krishnapant, Soren Pant, Santh, Bijan Kumar (24), Uma, Abdul Khan(24), Shihabul Haque (22), Vimal Kumar, Hari (21), Altaf Khan admitted to Government Hospital.
  • Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa orders CB-CID probe into the twin bomb explosions on Bangalore-Guwahati train.
  • Railway Minister M Mallikarjun Kharge said the Railways will bear the entire treatment expenses of the injured. 
  • Tamil Nadu DGP K Ramanujam said after the Railway Police registers the case into the explosion, the investigation will be taken up by a Special Investigation Team.
  • Police detain a suspect in connection with twin bomb blasts on Guwahati-Bangalore Express.
  • The woman passenger travelling from Bangalore to Vijayawada died. She was identified as 22-year-old Swati, who was slated to go further to Guntur.
  • Soon after the explosion, security personnel cordoned off the platform number 9 but the movement of other trains from and to Chennai Central has not been affected
  • Police have mounted a massive search operation in all the trains following the incident.
  • The police said closed circuit television pictures at Bangalore will also be checked.
  • Train had a brief 10 minute halt at the Central Railway station ahead of its ownward journey.
  • Government announces Rs 1 lakh solatium for the dead; Rs 25,000 for the injured
  • The 10 injured have been rushed to Rajiv Gandhi govt. hospital.
  • Police security beefed up in Egmore and Central Railway station.
  • Railway services have been stopped at the Central Railway station.
  • Airports, Railway stations, Bus stations all over TN put on high alert.
  • Ten people have been injured in a bomb blast at Chennai Central Railways station.
  • Blast on Guwahati Express as it approached platform no.9 around 7: 30 am
  • The nature and intensity of the blast are not known.
  • Coaches S-4, S-5 damaged in the blast.
  • Two blasts were reported - one low intensity on the platform and the other in one of the coaches of the train.
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