A newly-married man in Odisha was killed and his wife critically injured when a gift that they had received for their wedding reception exploded. The man’s grandmother also died in the blast. The incident took place in Odisha’s Bolangir district on Friday, just five days after their wedding, the police said.
The police are trying to identify who gave the package to the couple at their reception ceremony on Wednesday and what kind of explosive was used in the incident. The gift package that was brought home after the reception, exploded when they opened it, they said.
The wedding took place on February 18 and the gift was also received by the couple on the same day. However. the blast took place when they opened it at their house five days later. As per the family members, the explosives were kept inside the gift packet which triggered the explosion. Sesadeba Bariha, the Sub Divisional Police Officer of Patnagarh, later confirmed that the family received the parcel in which the bomb was kept. The explosion happened when they opened the parcel. The police said that a dog squad and forensic team are conducting the investigation at the victim’s house where the explosion took place.
As soon as the blast took place the injured were taken to the Patnagarh hospital. However, as the health further declined the bride and the grandmother was moved to the Bolangir hospital. The elderly succumbed to her injuries at the hospital meanwhile the condition of the bride is still said to be critical. The groom, passed away while was taken to the Burla hospital.
“The police have collected evidence and an investigation is on,” Patnagarh Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Sesadeva Bariha said, adding that efforts were on to identify the person who had given the gift to the couple.
Bolangir Chief District Medical Officer S Mishra said the elderly woman was declared “brought dead” at the Bolangir district headquarters hospital.
“A man injured in the blast also died at the Ispat General Hospital in Rourkela”, he added.