Teacher arrested over `wedding bomb` murder

Dhaka, Wednesday   08 April 2020


Teacher arrested over `wedding bomb` murder

 International Desk Daily-Bangladesh

 Published: 08:35 PM, 25 April 2018  



Indian Police arrested a college teacher in connection with a `wedding bomb` that killed a newly-married software engineer and injured his wife.

The arrested identify as Punjilal Meher, worked with the victim`s mother in Orissa state, police said.

According to Police, Punjilal Meher plotted the revenge killing after she was promoted over him at their workplace of state college.

The shocking killing in February riveted India and led the police to question more than 100 people, mostly relatives and friends of the couple.

Soumya Sekhar Sahu, a 26-year-old software engineer, was killed and his 22-year-old wife Reema was seriously injured when he opened a parcel addressed to him, five days after their marriage.

Sahu`s 85-year-old grand aunt Jemamani Sahu was also killed in the explosion on 23 February at their family home in Patnagarh, a small town in Orissa`s Balangir district.

A photo grab of the kitchen moments after the incident

The police said Mr Meher felt slighted when the mother of the victim replaced him as the principal of the college, as she was senior to him.

Orissa police chief RK Sharma told reporters that Mr Meher had `single-handedly` planned the killing by downloading a bomb-making manual from the internet and assembling the explosive at home.

RK Sharma also said he packed the bomb in a parcel and travelled by train to Raipur, some 230km (142 miles) away and couriered the packet from there to avoid detection.

The parcel then made a 650km (403 miles) journey on three buses and passed through four pairs of hands before reaching Patangarh on 20 February.

A sticker on the box delivered by a courier company said it had been sent by SK Sharma from Raipur.

Police had scoured mobile phone records and scanned laptops and phones belonging to the couple, before questioning Mr Meher.

Source: BBC News