Wedding gift blast: Accused Punjilal Meher’s bail plea rejected

Bolangir: Additional District and Sessions Court of Bolangir, on Friday, rejected the bail application of Punjilal Meher, the prime accused in Patnagarh wedding gift blast case in which two persons including newly-wed Soumya Sekhar Sahu was killed on February 23.

The Court had yesterday reserved the verdict after completion of the hearing on Punjilal’s bail plea.

Official sources said, Punjilal’s bail petition was rejected on several grounds including concrete evidences collected by the Crime Branch Special Investigation Team (SIT) and confession statements of the accused leading to discovery of crucial evidences.

The Crime Branch had earlier arrested Punjilal on April 25 for masterminding and executing the parcel bomb explosion.

According to the investigating agency, Punjilal had planned the crime and executed it almost single handedly. He himself made the bomb with his own technique and went to Raipur carrying it in the shape of a parcel and booked it at a courier office near a railway station.

He had conspired to kill the entire family of Soumya Sekhar to avenge humiliation that he underwent following his removal from the post of principal of Bhainsa college.

The post was later occupied by deceased Soumya Sekhar’s mother.