LPG Cylinder blast killed atleast 9 person inside Train Coach
The deceased are identified from Uttar Pradesh pilgrimage
At least nine tourists from Uttar Pradesh were charred to death when a LPG cylinder, which was taken illegally inside their private train coach for cooking food, exploded in Madurai railway yard in the wee hours of Saturday. The fire which gutted the…the entire coach began at around 5 am. It was doused only after two hours at 7.15 AM.
While nine people died, eight others who received burn injuries are receiving treatment at government hospitals in Madurai. The dead are part of a 63-member tourist group from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh who came to south India on a pilgrimage. The group booked a private coach and returned to Madurai at 3.47 am on Saturday via train no 16730 (Punalur–Madurai Express)
The LPG cylinder is strictly prohibited inside the coach but the group managed to bring it and was reportedly making tea when it exploded,” an official said.
V Vanitha, Additional Director General of Police (Railways) ruled out sabotage in the accident and said the coach caught fire after some members used the cylinder to make tea. “It is an accident. We are in the process of identifying bodies and we will send it back to their respective places once formalities is completed.