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10 dead, 25 injured in suspected cylinder blast in Indian tourist train

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

On Saturday, at least nine people were killed in a train compartment fire near Madurai station, Tamil Nadu state of India. According to local media outlets, the blaze was caused by a passenger’s gas cylinder for tea.

At 5.15 a.m. Saturday morning, a fire broke out in the private party coach of Punalur-Madurai Express at the Madurai yard. Firefighters promptly responded, extinguishing the flames by 7.15 a.m.

Speaking to the journalists, P. Moorthy, the Minister for Commercial Taxes in Tamil Nadu and representative of Madurai East, clarified that the individuals who tragically lost their lives during the incident were originally from Uttar Pradesh and had been on a religious pilgrimage at the time.

“The passengers had locked the party coach inside for their safety. The stove used by them to prepare tea had led to the blast. Nine people have died. We have identified eight passengers among them. The Chief Minister has directed us to visit the spot and take necessary action to help the passengers,” he said, as cited by Indian Express.

According to Madurai District Collector M S Sangeetha, seven individuals with minor injuries from the accident received treatment at the Government Rajaji Hospital and the Railway Hospital.

The Railway Divisional Manager of Madurai confirmed that only the tourist coach was affected by the fire accident, with no damage to other coaches. Train services to and from Madurai junction remain unaffected.

“The passengers in the private party coach/individual coach have illegally smuggled gas cylinders, and this has caused the fire. Many passengers got out of the coach after noticing the fire. Some passengers had got down at platform itself,” the statement read.

Officials stated that the party coach began its journey from Lucknow on August 17th.

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