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Parcel Bomb Case: Crime Branch Files Chargesheet Against Punjilal, Confident Of Conviction

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31 January 2019

Bikash Sharma

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Cuttack: The Crime Branch presented a 65-page chargesheet in the Patnagarh Court today against the main accused Punjilal Meher, 11 months after the crime was committed.

Talking to the media persons in Cuttack, Crime Branch SP Anil Das said, “We have collected lot of evidence against him. There is scientific evidence, material proof seized from his residence, and even a psychological test which was conducted on him substantiates his crime.

Asked whether he will be convicted, the SP said, “He will be definitely be convicted as we have presented our case very strongly. We have found much collective evidence that he has gone to Raipur and has made the parcel posted from there. Punjilal even gave a live demo of bomb making, which was recorded by us. There are 76 witnesses in this case.”

About the loopholes, he informed, “We are unable to find the auto-rickshaw driver who carried the bomb for him to the courier company’s office. But he went to Raipur as we seized his motorcycle receipt from the railway station. He even showed us the route he took in Raipur. So we are confident that these evidences are enough to convict him.”

Notably, in the infamous Patnagarh parcel bomb case, the mastermind Punjilal Meher had planned and executed the parcel bomb crime single-handedly in which newly married techie Soumya Sekhar Sahu and his grandmother were killed. His wife Reema got seriously injured.

Punjilal had nurtured a deep vengeance against Soumya’s mother who was promoted to the post of Principal of the college where he was teaching English. To take revenge against her, Punjilal had decided to destroy her whole family.

The accused was arrested on April 25 by the Odisha Crime Branch and is currently at the Patnagarh Sub-Jail. The mastermind has been charged under IPC Sections 302 and 307.

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Anil Das, SP, Crime Branch