Prime suspect in Patnagarh Wedding Gift Blast detained

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Balangir: In a major breakthrough, the Odisha Crime Branch on Tuesday detained the prime suspect in the sensational Patnagarh Wedding Gift Blast along with two others.

According to sources at the Crime Branch, prime suspect in the case Punjilal Meher, lecturer of Bhainsa College, and two of his aides have been detained after marathon interrogation.

Meher had masterminded the entire episode. The trio possibly will be arrested soon and forwarded to the court, added the sources.

After getting some vital leads and suspecting his involvement in the case, the investigating agency had raided Meher’s paternal house in Rampur yesterday and seized gun powder.

Officials of the state Crime Branch had intensified their investigation into the case and detained seven persons including two lecturers of Bhainsa College and Skyking Courier owner yesterday. They were questioned at the Circuit House in Balangir.

The seven persons whom the probe agency had detained were identified as Punjilal and Shiv Shaw, the two lecturers of the college, Skyking Courier owner Dilip Das and the courier boy Sushant Seth, Umesh Matari, Chandramani Meher and Baibhasuta Bindhani.

During the questioning, Baibhasuta of Komna had made an important revelation saying along with his father he was arrested in 2011 for running illegal gun factory. Besides, a murder case is also pending against him.

The investigating agency had also interrogated the deceased bridegroom Soumya Sekhar Sahu’s parents many times earlier.

The Crime Branch officials had interrogated Meher and Sekhar’s mother, who also works in the same college, face to face after knowing that there was a fight between both of them over getting the post of the Head of the Department.

Prime suspect in Patnagarh Wedding Gift Blast arrested

Soumya and Reema Sahu had married on February 18. Five days later, they received a parcel as marriage gift, which when they opened, exploded. Soumya and his grandmother Jemamani were killed due to the blast while Reema had sustained grievous burn injuries throughout her body. Initially, she was admitted to Balangir hospital. But, later she was shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. Reema was discharged from the hospital on April 12.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) had visited Raipur in Chhattisgarh and grilled the owner of the Sky King Courier service and got to know that the wedding gift sender was communicating both in Hindi and Odia.

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