Major explosion at the Chennai Central; 1 dead, 14 injured

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Chennai, May 1: 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.

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.

In Chennai

In Chennai

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.

In Chennai

In Chennai

Sources say that though the explosion was major, which injured 9 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.

In Chennai

In Chennai

rain 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. 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.

In Chennai

In Chennai

case has been registered by the railway police and investigations will be taken over by the Special Investigation Team (SID) or the CID.

In Chennai

In Chennai

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.

In Chennai

In Chennai

Meanwhile eye witnesses have been gathered and questioned. According to them, they heard a blast inside the train. The station has been cordoned off and passengers are being kept on high alert.

In Chennai

In Chennai

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

In Chennai

In Chennai

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.

In Chennai

In Chennai

Meanwhile eye witnesses have been gathered and questioned. According to them, they heard a blast inside the train. The station has been cordoned off and passengers are being kept on high alert. Chief Minister Jayalalitha has ordered the CBCID to take up the investigation.(photo credit:Sriharsha Salimat)

In Chennai

In Chennai

Investigating forces are probing why the Guwahati Express was targeted, not ruling out militant activity. Different angles are being probed, especially when an ISI agent had been arrested a few days ago. Paramedics have arrived and the injured have been taken to the nearby government hospital.(photo credit:Sriharsha Salimat)

In Chennai

In Chennai

A case has been registered by the railway police and investigations will be taken over by the Special Investigation Team (SID) or the CID.(photo credit:Sriharsha Salimat)

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.

Investigating forces are probing why the Guwahati Express was targeted, not ruling out militant activity. Different angles are being probed, especially when an ISI agent had been arrested a few days ago. Paramedics have arrived and the injured have been taken to the nearby government hospital.

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

Meanwhile eye witnesses have been gathered and questioned. According to them, they heard a blast inside the train. The station has been cordoned off and passengers are being kept on high alert. Chief Minister Jayalalitha has ordered the CBCID to take up the investigation.

Helpline has been released to cater to passenger queries, which is 04425357398.

Twitter goes abuzz!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23chennaiblasts&src=hash">#chennaiblasts</a> Bangalore helpline 080-22876288. Chennai helpline 044-25357398.</p>— Hyderabad Connect (@HydConnect) <a href="https://twitter.com/HydConnect/statuses/461724584665178112">May 1, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>TKS Elangovan on Bangalore-Guwahati Express blast: An extremely unfortunate incident <a href="http://t.co/4QE7Ok07PU">pic.twitter.com/4QE7Ok07PU</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/461725547299479552">May 1, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Bangalore-Guwahati blast: Platform number 9 of Chennai Central Railway Station cordoned off, heavy security deployed <a href="http://t.co/YAE9q9grna">pic.twitter.com/YAE9q9grna</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/461724177406246912">May 1, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Anil Saxena,DG PRO,Railways : Home Min has expressed sorrow over this unfortunate incident (Bangalore-Guwahati Express blast)</p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/461722807328448512">May 1, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Anil Saxena,PRO,Railways: Two blasts in Bangalore-Guwahati Express in coaches S4 & S5 <a href="http://t.co/AqRHGn6akh">pic.twitter.com/AqRHGn6akh</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/461721906329038849">May 1, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Chennai: Visuals of the Bangalore-Guwahati Express train in which the blast took place <a href="http://t.co/k1miewocgG">pic.twitter.com/k1miewocgG</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/461720586310262784">May 1, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Chennai: Visuals of the Bangalore-Guwahati Express train in which the blast took place <a href="http://t.co/k1miewocgG">pic.twitter.com/k1miewocgG</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/461720586310262784">May 1, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Bangalore-Guwahati Express Blast: Platform number 9 of Chennai Central Railway Station cordoned off <a href="http://t.co/glGhDIyp3N">pic.twitter.com/glGhDIyp3N</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/461719604822171648">May 1, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Bangalore-Guwahati Express Blast: Police and eye-witnesses at Platform number 9 of Chennai Central Railway Station <a href="http://t.co/nHFBspwHVD">pic.twitter.com/nHFBspwHVD</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/461719059600379904">May 1, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Visuals at Chennai Central Railway Station, where the Bangalore-Guwahati blast took place <a href="http://t.co/8XcMt67Q0Z">pic.twitter.com/8XcMt67Q0Z</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/461718583936954369">May 1, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Arunendra Kumar,Chairman Railway Board on Bangalore-Guwahati blast:Ex-gratia of Rs1lakh announced for kin of deceased <a href="http://t.co/2nTGHmfjxi">pic.twitter.com/2nTGHmfjxi</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/461715739901059072">May 1, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Platform number 9 cordoned off, investigation on to find reason : Arunendra Kumar,Chairman Railway Board on Bangalore-Guwahati Express blast</p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/461714824833945600">May 1, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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