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Low-intensity blast in passenger train in Madhya Pradesh: Railways

08 March 2017

"There was a gunpowder odour", MP Home Minister Bhupendra Singh told ANI.

The nature of the blast is yet to be known.

Eight passengers were injured when a tube light burst in the last coach of a Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train near Kalapipal, around 80 km west of Bhopal on Tuesday morning.

The incident took place in coach GS 084202 of train no-59320 in Madhya Pradesh's Shajapur at around 9:45 AM, when the train had left Jabri station in Ratlam division of Western Railway (WR).

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The state-run Indian Railways, the third largest network in the world, operates more than 12,000 passenger trains, carrying some 23 million people daily. "Two others are being treated at Kalapipal town in Shajapur district", he added. A special medical train of railways has also reached at the site. "The blast was reported on seat number 51", Sheohar SP said.

Several teams of Railway officials, the Intelligence Bureau and Anti Terrorism Squad were present at the site.

Smoke engulfed the general coach, causing panic among the passengers who rushed out to save themselves. Mobile or light explosion is considered a probable reason behind the mishap.

The state government has announced an financial assistance of fifty thousand rupees to the seriously injured and 25 thousand rupees to passengers having minor injuries.