Balangir: Odisha Crime Branch (CB) on Thursday took Patnagarh Wedding Gift Blast Mastermind Punjilal Meher, who was arrested yesterday, on a six-day remand.
The Patnagarh SDJM Court had allowed the state police to take Punjilal on a six-day remand against its request of a 14-day remand.
The probe agency is likely to extract more information about the entire episode during the remand period of Punjilal, who has been booked under Sections 302 and 307 of IPC besides Explosive Substances Act 1883.
The Crime Branch which was probing the case since March 23 was clueless of the accused. However, when the deceased bridegroom Soumya Sekhar Sahu’s mother Sanjukta informed the probe agency about her dispute with Punjilal, the Crime Branch sleuths started questioning him. Later, they raided his house where gun powder was recovered.
Apart from seizing the gun powder, the Crime Branch officers also seized the receipt of the Skyking Courier which he had kept in a book in his house.
The other clue which led to the lecturer’s arrest was that he had tried to mislead the police by writing a letter to the Superintendent of Police giving away indications that this bomb was connected to a love triangle.
This apart, nine similar envelopes, in which Punjilal had sent the letter, were found from his house.
Punjilal, like a Bollywood thriller, had plotted the crime and single-handedly executed it so effectively that he remained at large until Sanjukta informed the Crime Brach about their fight.
Punjilal had hatched the plan to completely devastate the family of Sanjukta Sahu as he was deeply hurt after he was replaced by her as principal of the College and was not on good terms with her.
On February 23, the reception day of Soumya Sekhar Sahu and Reema Sahu, who had married on February 18, Soumya Sekhar and his grandmother Jemamani died in the explosion of the wedding gift which was sent by Punjilal.
Reema was seriously injured and was admitted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. She was discharged from the hospital on April 12.