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3 killed, 17 hurt in train blast
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, August 14
Three persons were killed and 17 injured in a bomb blast in a running passenger train at Murad Nagar railway station in Ghaziabad district at 3.40 p.m. today.

The blast occurred in the rear coach of 372 Rishikesh-Hardwar- Delhi passenger train. The incident took place as soon as the train reached Murad Nagar railway station. The train was coming to Delhi from Meerut, Chief Public Relations Officer, Northern Railway, Davinder P.S. Sandhu said. 

According to a preliminary investigation, the bomb was of low intensity and was fitted with a timer device. Had it been a powerful bomb, a large number of casualties would have taken place, a spokesman for the Ghaziabad police said.

The bomb was kept in a bag under a seat. When the train reached Murad Nagar railway station, the bomb exploded suddenly. The man sitting on the seat died on the spot. 

Senior officials of the Ghaziabad and Murad Nagar police, forensic experts, a dog squad and senior Northern Railway officials reached the spot immediately, the police said.

UNI adds: The explosion in the crowded Rishikesh-Delhi passenger train at Murad Nagar station here this afternoon was caused by a crude improvised explosive device which was being carried for possible use in the capital tomorrow on the occasion of Independence Day.

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