Patnagarh wedding gift blast mastermind Punjilal attempts to break prison

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Patnagarh: The mastermind of the sensational Patnagarh wedding gift blast case, Punjilal Meher, tried to flee from the prison along with six other prisoners, the police said.

Meher along with the six inmates, all dacoits, reached the gates of the Patnagarh Sub-Jail this morning with an intention to escape. Soon a brawl ensued between the prisoners and the jail staff and the sirens were turned on for nearly 20 minutes.

When asked about the incident, the warden of the prison said that Punjilal has been hatching conspiracies for many days to flee from the jail.

Notably, the Odisha Crime Branch had arrested Meher on April 25, last year in connection with the wedding gift blast case and booked him under Sections 302 and 307 of IPC & Explosive Offences Act. Currently, he is lodged in Patnagarh Sub-Jail.

Punjilal has been accused of sending a parcel bomb to the house of Soumya Sekhar Sahoo on February 23, 2018. While unwrapping, the gift parcel went off killing Soumya Sekhar and his grandmother Jemamani. Besides, Soumya Sekhar’s wife Reema Rani sustained critical burn injuries.

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