Wedding gift blast: Crime Branch SIT reaches Bolangir for on-the-spot probe

Bolangir: The four-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by the Crime Branch ADG to probe into the Patnagarh parcel bomb explosion case in which a newlywed techie Soumya Sekhar Sahoo and his grandmother were killed last month, visited Patngarh in Bolangir district on Saturday for an on-the-spot enquiry.

The team led by Additional Superintendent of Police Anil Kumar Das is scheduled to interrogate Soumya’s family members and his wife Reemarani’s family members in Boudh. , Reemarani has survived the blast.

On Friday, the SIT team visited the SCB Medical College and Hospital (SCBMCH) in Cuttack where Reemarani is undergoing treatment and interrogated her. The members of SIT also interacted with her family members who were present in the hospital.

The team also acquired the reports of polygraph and other tests conducted at the state forensic science laboratory by Bolangir police.

Notably, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday ordered a Crime Branch probe Reemarani made an emotional appeal to the CM from the hospital bed to expedite the investigation and nab the culprits.

Earlier in the week, after being directed by Director General of Police (DGP) Dr Rajendra Prasad Shamra the CB had reviewed progress of the case and investigation process and even extended technical assistance to Bolangir district police.

As the Bolangir police did not make any headway the CM ordered Crime Branch probe.

The marriage was solemnised on February 18 and the explosion that took place on February 23 in which groom Soumya Sekhar Sahoo and his grandmother Jemamani died when the former was unwrapping the parcel.

His wife Reemarani is still undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack.

She learnt about her husband’s death four days back after which she made an emotional appeal to the CM for a speedy arrest of the accused.

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