Bhopal: A blast was reported in a Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train, numbered 59320, on Tuesday morning. At least eight persons were injured, two of them seriously.
Madhya Pradesh’s IG Law and order Makrand Devaskar confirmed that the passenger train explosion was a terrorist attack.
Devaskar said that it was an IED blast and the police has arrested three persons from Pipariya.
The two seriously-injured people were referred to a hospital in Bhopal.The others were undergoing treatment at a hospital in Kalapipal town, which is close to the accident site – located around 81 km from the Madhya Pradesh capital.
The blast took place in the train’s second-last coach, which was an ordinary second-class coach, Indian Railways PRO Anil Saxena said.
Two coaches were damaged in the blast, and were separated from the train which later left for its onward journey, said PRO Jitendra Kumar Jayant.
A relief train has been rushed to the mishap site, Jayant added.
The incident occurred at arout 9:50 AM near Javdi station, close to Kalapipal town in Shajapur district. The train was stopped as soon as the blast was reported.
PRO Saxena said the ambulance reached the site of the blast within ten minutes.
POLICE, FORENSIC EXPERTS REACH BLAST SITE
State civil police, railway police, forensic police, and the railway protection force have all reached the spot, which has been cordoned off, Saxena said.
Additional Director General of Police, Ujjain, Madhu Kumar and senior officials of Ratlam railway division have rushed to the accident site.
The exact cause of the blast will be known after examination of the affected coach, Kumar said.
The glass panes of the windows in the general coach were shattered in the blast, which occurred when the train was about to reach Jabdi station.
Following the blast, the train came to a halt. Smoke engulfed the general coach, causing panic among the passengers who rushed out to save themselves.
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said an inquiry has been ordered into the incident to ascertain the nature of the blast.
“The ceiling of the coach was damaged in the blast but so far we have not found any explosive device or its remains from the spot,” Superintendent of Police, GRP Indore, Krishnaveni Desavatu said.
“However, a suitcase was found in the coach and the bomb disposal squad is examining it,” he said.