1 dead, 10 injured in twin bomb blast at Chennai Central station
A lady passenger has died and ten others have been injured in the twin bomb blast at Chennai Central station at around 7:15 in the morning. The blast occurred in the Bangalore-Guwahati Express, as it was entering the station on platform number nine for a ten minute stop. Police has identified the dead as Swathi, 22, from Guntur. A suspect in connection to the blast has been arrested by the police. Meanwhile NIA team from New Delhi has reached the spot to investigate the possible terror link.
The injured were
immediately taken to the nearest hospital, Rajiv Gandhi Hospital.
However security officials haven't confirmed that the explosions were
caused by bombs and the cause of the blasts is yet to be ascertained.
A team of investigators visited the spot and said that it appeared to
have been two explosions, below seat number 70 of the S4 compartment
and seat number 30 of the S5 compartment.
The train had
reached the Chennai
Central railway station, platform no. 9 at
7:05am, where some passengers got down. But those passengers who were
going towards Guwahati
were inside the train, as it was scheduled to
depart after some time.
As per The Times
of India, witnesses told police that the bomb exploded with a huge
noise. Railway Protection Force personnel and Government Railway
Police rushed the injured to the nearby hospital.
ex-gratia compensation has also been announced by Railway officials -
Rs. 1 Lakh for the family of the woman who died in the blast and Rs.
25000 for those who are suffering from severe injuries and Rs. 5000
for minor injuries.