'Wedding gift' explodes in India, killing groom and his grandmother

Newly-married man grandmother killed as gift-pack explodes

A newly married man and his grandmother died in the explosion while his wife is critically injured

Soumya Ranjan Sahoo's new wife Reema was critically injured by the blast in the Balangir district of Odisha, India, and remains in hospital. Police said the pair from the Bolangir district of the state got the gift from an unidentified person at their marriage reception on 21 February.

A bridegroom and his grandmother were killed in Odisha after a gift they had received on their wedding reception exploded.

Soumya's father, a college teacher, was away in Delhi when the incident occurred. In the incident, the grandmother of the groom also lost her life. The wedding took place on February 18 and the gifts were opened five days later, The Indian Express reported. The bride too has suffered serious injuries and is being treated at a hospital.

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The parcel contained a high-grade explosive.

Police said Jemamani was declared brought dead at the local hospital while Sekhar died in government-run medical college and hospital in Burla. The man's grandmother also died in the blast. Patnagarh Sub-Divisional Police Officer Sesadeva Bariha had said, "The police have collected evidence and an investigation is on".

Patnagarh sub-divisional police officer Sesadeba Bariha said the parcel seems to have a crude bomb which was created to explode on unwrapping.

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