Speaking to reporters at their residence in Guntur, Swathi's parents were inconsolable and said their daughter was to get married in a couple of months. They later arrived here to collect Swathi's body.
A man at the station said: "The blast was not very loud. It was only after we saw people running away from the train that we realised something was wrong." He said the rail coaches were not badly damaged but the berth where the dead woman was seated bore the brunt of the explosion. Sheetal Pradhan, a passenger in one of the two coaches, told reporters that the first blast was like a Diwali bomb and was immediately followed by the second.
She and her friend immediately came out on to the platform where the scene was chaotic. They shivered at the thought of the bomb being much more powerful. Railway porters told reporters they were heading towards the incoming train when they heard the blasts. Frightened passengers immediately rushed out of the coaches. The porters were the first to provide help to the injured. They also helped passengers get out. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the "barbaric act" and said they "highlight the desperation and cowardice of those responsible". "No efforts should be spared to bring the perpetrators to justice," he said.
The blasts came barely two days after a Sri Lankan national, Mohammed Zakir Hussain, was arrested on charges of plotting to damage vital installations in Tamil Nadu. "The blasts occurred in coaches S4 and S5 of the Bangalore-Guwahati train," Inspector General of Police (Railways) Seema Agarwal said. She said the injured were admitted to a government hospital and the two coaches were detached from the train for investigation. (IANS)