Kolkata (KOAA): At least 15 persons were injured in an explosion inside a local train compartment on the Sealdah -Krishnanagar line in the early hours of Tuesday.
There were no casualties but six people suffered grievous injuries and had to be hospitalised.
Scuffle among miscreants
According to a press release issued by the Eastern Railway, the explosion occurred at 3.55 a.m. in the fifth compartment from the engine of Sealdah–Krishnanagar local soon after the train left the Titagarh station in North 24 Parganas district.
“From eyewitness accounts, we have come to know that that the crude bomb blast took place during a scuffle among some miscreants in the compartment. We are yet to ascertain the reason for the blast,” Superintendent of Railway Police, Sealdah, Debashish Bej told.
Some passengers claimed that it was an attempted robbery gone wrong and not a “gang war” as was claimed by some of the officials. The passengers got panicky, and some of them jumping off the train. Senior railway officials, including General Manager of Eastern Railway R. K. Gupta, visited the injured at B.R. Singh Railway Hospital in Kolkata.
Describing the explosion as a low-intensity one, Mr. Gupta said that forensic tests were being conducted to determine its nature.
Passengers raise safety concerns after blast in train – ‘How are goons able to board train with bombs?’, they question
The bomb blast inside a local train between the Titagarh and Barrackpore stations on Tuesday morning, which left more than a dozen injured, has raised fresh questions over the security of passengers using railways for their daily commute. The explosion occurred on the busy Sealdah main line, used by lakhs of passengers everyday.
The relatives of those injured are surprised how miscreants carrying crude bombs were able to board a train. “My wife sustained serious injuries due to the bomb blast. I cannot understand how criminals can hurl bombs at each other inside a moving train,” Satto Mahato told .
Ratikanta Seal, whose son was injured during the blast, said: “ How are such goons able to board the train with crude bombs.”
“I have been associated with the Railways for 35 years. But I cannot recall any such blast inside a compartment,” Samir Goswami, a former Chief Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Railway told.
Describing the incident as “condemnable,” Mr. Goswami pointed out that even though the Railway Protection Force was responsible for the protection of Railway’s property, it could not prosecute people accused of crimes committed in a train or on Railway premises. “Law and order is State subject. The RPF can only apprehend such culprits and hand them over to the police,” he said.