After the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train explosion that took place on March 7, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has reached the explosion spot to look further into the matter. A thorough investigation is taking place to derive the reason of the blast. According to reports, 9 people were injured in the blast that took place in a coach of the passenger train near Shujalpur in Madhya Pradesh. “Injured passengers were admitted to Kalapipal government hospital,” says IA Siddiqui PRO OF Bhopal Division. “Medical team has been sent. The reason of explosion is unknown,” he said. “SP, Collector present at the spot. ATS and Forensic teams are investigating under DG. Observing situation personally,” says Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan.
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According to reports, the incident occurred between Jabri and Kalapipal stations this morning. “More than 9 people injured. There was a gunpowder odour,” MP Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said. Singh also said that investigation is on into the matter. Madhya Pradesh’s IG Law and order Makrand Devaskar confirmed Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train explosion that took place today was a terrorist attack.
After comparing the maintenance practices and operations on Indian Railways, Korean Railways had given a presentation suggesting some improvements in track maintenance practices, signalling system and controlling of overloading in wagons. They emphasised the need for dedicated track maintenance blocks of minimum three hours to keep the assets in safe condition as is being done in Korea, the official said. The experts also had detailed discussions with concerned officers of the Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) at Lucknow, said a senior Railway Ministry official.
Korean rail experts have suggested for a double check system and restricted train speed in case of track circuit failure to ensure safety on the tracks.