MP Police Confirm Terror Hand Behind Train Explosion; 3 Arrested

MP Police Confirm Terror Hand Behind Train Explosion; 3 ArrestedMP Police Confirm Terror Hand Behind Train Explosion; 3 Arrested

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Shajapur: Madhya Pradesh police have confirmed that the explosion in Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train was indeed a terror attack, which injured nine people onboard.

Three persons have been arrested in this connection. The blast took place in the train bogie at Jabar railway station close to Shajapur this morning while suspects were traced in Uttar pradesh’s Lucknow and Kanpur districts.

Inspector general (law and order) Makarand Deuskar told media that it was an IED explosion in which Ammonium Nitrate was used.

Three suspects were nabbed by police at Piparia toll plaza. MP police have handed over the vital information about the terror network to their counterparts in Uttar Pradesh leading to the arrest of one suspect in Kanpur. However, another suspect Saifulla was surrounded by Uttar Pradesh ATS and security agencies in Lucknow; and the encounter was still on till reports last came in.

The arrested suspects in the case had reportedly boarded a bus in Bhopal for Hoshangabad.

Initially, the cause behind the explosion was suspected to be a short circuit or an explosion in a mobile phone. But, later Home Minister Bhupendra Singh confirmed that the initial probe found traces of gun powder in the train. Singh termed the blast a part of wider conspiracy.

“We had shared inputs gathered from the nabbed suspects with central agencies which in turn alerted UP police,” Singh said.

Indore railway division spokesperson Jitendra Jayant had confirmed that one of the bogies of train number 59320 had reported a blast close to Jabri station in the morning in which nine people were injured.

Sources said that ATS in Hyderabad had passed on inputs to their MP counterparts regarding the presence of suspects.

First Published: March 7, 2017, 10:35 PM IST