Southern Railway General Manager Rakesh Mishra told reporters that the minor intensity blasts took place at around 7:45 am when the train was arriving at platform 9 of the station for a ten-minute stop. The blasts took place on coaches S4 and S5 of the train. The bombs were planted under the seats of the passengers.
    
One woman passenger travelling from Bangalore to Vijayawada was killed. She was identified as 22-year-old Swati, who was slated to go further to Guntur.

The injured have been shifted to the Rajiv Gandhi hospital near the station.  
    
Bomb disposal squad and dog squad have been pressed into action. The police have mounted a massive search operation in all the trains following the incident. The police have detained a suspect in this connection.

Soon after the explosion, security personnel cordoned off platform number 9 but the movement of other trains from and to Chennai Central has not been affected.

Tamil Nadu DGP K Ramanujam said the investigation will be taken up by a Special Investigation Team after the Railway Police registers the case.
    
"It is not a major blast. It is suspected that Chennai could not have been target of those who were behind the blast because the train was running late. Some other location could have been the target,” Ramanujam said.
 
"It is premature to say what kind of device was used is the blast. Damage to the train is not heavy,” he added.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has confirmed the blasts and sought a report from the Tamil Nadu government.

Railway Minister M Mallikarjun Kharge, expressing shock over the incident, announced Rs one lakh ex-gratia to the family of the woman killed in the explosion. He said Rs 25,000 will be given to those seriously injured and Rs 5,000 to those with minor injuries.
 
Kharge said the Railway will bear the entire treatment expenses of the injured.

Commissioner Railway Safety (southern circle) S K Mittal will conduct an inquriy into the incident, Railway Spokesperson Anil Saxena said.

Kharge said Railway authorities have detached the two coaches damaged in the blasts and replaced them to enable the train to proceed on its onward journey.
    
Train services at the station were expected to be resumed by 1100 hrs, he said.
   
"Affected coaches will be detached and two new coaches will be attached to the train," said Anil Saxena, Railway spokesperson.
   
A team of National Security Guard and explosive experts is likely to be sent to Chennai to join in the investigation into the blast.
   
NIA team from Hyderabad is being rushed to the blast site, official sources said.
   
Condemning the blasts, DMK MP T K S Elangovan said, "This will create fear in the minds of the passengers... so it is on police to take precautionary steps and see such things don't happen in the future".
   
Meanwhile, security at the railway station, where thousands of people arrive and depart daily, has been further stepped up and all inbound and out-bound trains were being subjected to extensive check.
 
Baggage screening procedures have been further scaled up, Railway sources said. As a precautionary measure, police have stepped up security at the airport here.
    
Southern Railway has set up a helpline to provide information to the public. The helpline number is 044-64502416 and 044-253 57398.

Jaya orders CB-CID probe

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa ordered a CB-CID probe into the two bomb blasts.
    
Condemning the incident, Jayalalithaa assured people that there was no need for panic as security measures have been tightened.
   
"I strongly condemn the blasts. I have directed the police to coordinate with Railway Police to nab those behind this incident and initiate legal action against them. I have asked the CB-CID (Crime Branch CID) to probe this incident," she said in a statement here.
   
The Chief Minister also announced Rs one lakh as ex-gratia to the family of the deceased and Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 to the grievously injured and those who suffered minor injuries respectively.

Passengers fled from train: Eyewitness

The blast on the train was "not very loud", said an eyewitness who added that he realised something was wrong on seeing people running away.

A person at the station said, "The blast sound was not very loud. On seeing people running away from the train we knew something was wrong."

He said there was not much of damage to the rail coach and only a seat was damaged. Inside the compartment, the passenger baggages’ were strewn around.

A passenger, who was travelling by the S3 coach, narrating his experience, said, "I was awake and resting on my berth. At about 7.15 am, we heard some sound from the next coach. I came out of the coach and saw what had happened in S4 and S5 coaches".
    
Most passengers, who were panic-stricken, also rushed out, he said. "We saw three to four injured persons writhing in pain."
 
"Initially we thought it was the sound of a cylinder explosion. But we later learnt that it was bomb explosion", the passenger said.

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Passengers fled from train: Eyewitness

The blast on the train was "not very loud", said an eyewitness who added that he realised something was wrong on seeing people running away.

A person at the station said, "The blast sound was not very loud. On seeing people running away from the train we knew something was wrong."

He said there was not much of damage to the rail coach and only a seat was damaged. Inside the compartment, the passenger baggages’ were strewn around.

A passenger, who was travelling by the S3 coach, narrating his experience, said, "I was awake and resting on my berth. At about 7.15 am, we heard some sound from the next coach. I came out of the coach and saw what had happened in S4 and S5 coaches".

    

Most passengers, who were panic-stricken, also rushed out, he said. "We saw three to four injured persons writhing in pain."

 

"Initially we thought it was the sound of a cylinder explosion. But we later learnt that it was bomb explosion", the passenger said.