32 perish in TN Express blaze, sabotage not ruled out – NewsX



A mystery fire broke out in a sleeper class coach of Chennai-bound Tamil Nadu Express early this morning, killing 32 passengers and injuring 25 others in one of worst mishaps in the region which Railway Minister Mukul Roy suggested could be due to sabotage. The fire, suspected to have been caused by a short circuit in one of the toilets, claimed the lives of 19 men, six women and three children, who were fast asleep at the time of the accident. The Railways have declared a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the next of the kin of the dead and Rs 1 lakh for those with grievous injuries. The Railways would also give job to one member of the family which has lost its breadwinner.

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