KOLKATA: At least 14 people were injured this morning when a bomb allegedly carried by a passenger exploded in a packed compartment of a local train in Kolkata.
A low intensity blast took place on the Sealdah-Krishnanagar train at 3.55 am, when it had just left Titagarh station, less than an hour from Kolkata.
Witness accounts suggest the bomb exploded in the fifth compartment of the train after an argument between two suspected criminals. One of them was allegedly carrying the bomb and is believed to have hurled it at the other man.
Seven people have been seriously injured, while the rest have been released from hospital after first aid.
The incident hit local train traffic for about an hour at a time thousands of people travel for work across Bengal.
"I heard someone arguing loudly and talking about taking out a knife," said one passenger who was injured. "I could not see their faces," he added.
The police say the man who was believed to be carrying the bomb is among the injured and will be questioned.
"A group of people got on the train at Titagarh. There was an argument and then a bomb exploded. We are investigating what happened," said senior police officer Niraj Singh.