Passengers of the Tiruchirapalli-Chennai Rockfort Express had a narrow escape when suspected pro-LTTE elements blasted railway tracks at Perani railway station in Villupuram District in the wee hours of today.
About three feet of tracks were blown off in the explosion when the train was coming towards the station at around 2:10 am. Police and Railway sources said the station cautioned the driver of the train, who applied emergency brakes averting a major train disaster.
Train traffic has been disrupted on the route following the explosion. Most of the trains coming to Chennai from other parts have been stopped or diverted. A manhunt has been launched for the culprits. Intelligence officials suspect that pro-LTTE elements triggered the blast because posters have been found at the site hailing Prabhakaran.