BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese Welsh
BBCi CATEGORIES   TV   RADIO   COMMUNICATE   WHERE I LIVE   INDEX    SEARCH 

BBC NEWS
 You are in:  World: South Asia
Front Page 
World 
Africa 
Americas 
Asia-Pacific 
Europe 
Middle East 
South Asia 
-------------
From Our Own Correspondent 
-------------
Letter From America 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 


Commonwealth Games 2002

BBC Sport

BBC Weather

SERVICES 
Thursday, 14 March, 2002, 11:32 GMT
India train blast kills three
Passengers board train
The train was carrying mostly farm labourers
A bomb has exploded on a train in the northern Indian state of Punjab, killing three passengers and injuring at least 25 others.


It should ... not be taken as a revival of militancy in the state

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh

The Dhanbad express was heading south towards the town of Doraha when the explosion engulfed one carriage in flames and spread fumes through the train.

Rescue workers took about 20 minutes to bring the fire under control.

Police said the fire was believed to have been caused by a crude explosive device and forensic investigations were under way.

But the motive for the attack was still unclear.

Motive unknown

Officials were quoted as saying there was no link between the explosion and recent communal violence in the western state of Gujarat, in which nearly 700 people were killed.

Reports quoted officals and police as saying one person was killed instantly by the explosion, while two died later in hospital.

At least four of the injured were said to be in a serious condition.

Most of the passengers were farm labourers on their way to work.

"It should ... not be taken as a revival of militancy in the state," Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh told the Reuters news agency.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast.

India is on alert for violence between Hindus and Muslims over the disputed holy site in Ayodhya, but there has been no communal violence in Punjab for nearly five years.

See also:

28 Feb 02 | South Asia
Communal riots sweep Gujarat state
26 Feb 02 | South Asia
Vajpayee firm on Ayodhya
18 Oct 01 | South Asia
Hindu hardliners' Ayodhya strategy
14 Feb 02 | Country profiles
Country profile: India
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more South Asia stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more South Asia stories