Passengers on the Patna-Ernakulam Express had a miraculous escape Saturday morning when the train passed over detonators placed on the track, near Samalipatti station in Krishnagiri district of western Tamil Nadu.
Police sources said the explosives that blew up were “six electric detonators” wrapped in plastic. The impact was of very “low-intensity” and did not affect the train.
As many as seven unexploded detonators (gelatin sticks) were recovered from the tracks, police sources said.
Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu are hotbeds of Maoist activity in the state. Tamil nationalist groups are also active in these areas.
Sunday morning a “cracker” exploded on the track between Kakkankarai and Moolatharampatti railway stations in Vellore district.
The engine driver of a train, which was about to cross that stretch of the track, heard the explosion, stopped the train and informed the police at about 7.15 a.m.
Referring to the two incidents, Jayalalitha’s statement Sunday alleged: “Naxalites, Maoists and Liberation Tigers are gaining strength over here and are making Tamil Nadu their den. Their movement here (in Tamil Nadu) has increased greatly.”
“Terrorist activities have increased in Tamil Nadu,” she said and added: “This is due to Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi’s pre-occupation with how to bail out his son who is involved in murder by breaking prosecution witnesses.”
“The entire State has turned into an arms dump,” said Jayalalitha charging her arch-rival Karunanidhi of “being too engrossed in promoting his own family”.