Nine passengers were injured when a blast in the last coach of a Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train near Kalapipal, around 80 km west of Bhopal on Tuesday morning.
Two seriously injured passengers have been referred to Bhopal. Two teenage girls and two women are among the injured. Medical team on the spot said one Shanti, 35, of Sehore was seriously injured in the blasts.
Taking congnizance of the matter, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said that an investigation has been initiated into the matter.
“All officers already reached the spot and at least nine are injured in which two are critical. The investigation is on and according to initial reports there is an odour of gun powder,” said Singh.
A bomb disposal squad has reached the accident site and tried to find out the cause and 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,” said Krishnaveni Desavatu, Superintendent of Police, GRP Indore.
“However, a suitcase was found in the coach and the bomb disposal squad is examining it,” he 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 around 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.
An official statement from Railways said the injured were identified as Bharti Yadav, 18, Jeeya Kushwah, 27, Pushpa Kushwah, 45 and Neha Yadav, 17 – all residents of Sehore, Sayyad Akhtar Hussain, 55 of Rajgarh, Babulal Prasad Malviya, 45 of Pipaliya Nagar, Wasim Khan, 25 of Bhopal and Amritlal Sahu of Rajgarh.
The Railways have made available helpline numbers for those seeking information about their relatives in the train.
The numbers are – Ujjain 0734-1072 and 0734-60906, Indore 0731-1072, 0731-2521044, 0731-2521045 and 0731-2521046, Ratlam 07412-1072, Nagda 07366-1072, Bhopal 0755-4001606 and 0755-56508 and Habibganj 0755-4001603 and 0755-55551.