ATS probing Bhopal-Ujjain train explosion: MP CM Chouhan

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India], Mar. 7 (ANI): Taking cognizance of the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train blast, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday said he is observing the situation personally, adding that an investigation has been initiated by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and forensic teams. "The Superintendent of Police and collector are present at the spot. ATS and forensic teams are investigating under Director General (DG). I am also observing the situation personally," Chouhan told ANI. Meanwhile, the Madhya Pradesh Government announced Rs. 25,000 compensation to the injured and Rs. 50,000 to the critically injured persons. At least nine people were injured after an explosion took place in Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train in Madhya Pradesh's Shajapur district. As per the reports,the incident took place at around 9.45 a.m. Bhopal Division of Indian Railways PRO, I.A. Siddiqui said that the injured passengers were admitted to a government hospital and a medical team is also sent to the location. Meanwhile, Indian Railways PRO Anil Saxena said that they are investigating the reason of the blast. "We are investigating the reason of the blast. Railway Protection Force (RPF) and forensic experts have reached on the spot," Saxena told ANI. Taking cognizance 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." Singh told ANI. The guard of Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train informed the passengers at 9.50 a.m. about the explosion that took place ahead of guard coach, next to front of sleeper class, while the train was on run in block section between the Jabdi and Kalapipal stations. (ANI)