The three suspects arrested for the bomb blast in the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train on Tuesday near Jabri station, some 80 km west of Bhopal, were planning a series of train bombings in Madhya Pradesh and other parts of the country, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said in Bhopal on Wednesday
Confirming that it was an Islamic State module that carried out the train blast, Chouhan in an impromptu press conference said that they had come to Bhopal in the Pushpak Express and were planning to return to Uttar Pradesh when they were caught. They were planning to plant bomb in AC coach of a train. They had learnt on how to make pipe bomb from the internet.
The CM said that one of the accused held in Pipariya on Tuesday by the MP police had sent a photograph of the bomb kept in the Bhopal-Ujjain Express train from his mobile to his handler in Syria, a stronghold of the IS.
Police have also seized railway maps, terror literature and a laptop computer from the accused. Meanwhile, a team from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) reached Bhopal on Wednesday to take over the investigation.
Nine people were injured in the blast that was triggered with a pressure pipe bomb filled with ammonium nitrate. The blast took place at 9.41 am.
Chouhan ruled out vulnerability of Madhya Pradesh to terror attacks and said there was close coordination between the local police, ATS and central agencies to meet any challenge.