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Groom, grandmother killed after wedding gift explodes in Odisha; bride critically injured

Groom, grandmother killed after wedding gift explodes in Odisha; bride critically injured

In a tragic incident, a groom was killed while the bride was critically injured after a wedding gift received by a newly-wed couple exploded.

Bolangir Chief District Medical Officer S Mishra said the elderly woman was declared "brought dead" at the Bolangir district headquarters hospital. They had taken the package to the room of Soumya Shekar's grandmother to unwrap it when the bomb exploded. The grandmother of the groom too was killed in the explosion. However. the blast took place when they opened it at their house five days later. Soumya Shekar Sahu, son of Rabindra Sahu of Patnagarh Block Square had married Reema Sahu, daughter of Sudam Charan Sahu of Ghantapada in Boudh district February 18. The bride is also said to be in critical condition, and receiving treatment at a government hospital in Burla city, Deccan Chronicle reported.

The parcel contained a high-grade explosive.

Soumya Sekhar Sahu of Patnagarh and his grandmother Jemamani Sahu succumbed to injuries in a local hospital. "There was no gift packet, rather a parcel bomb was received by the family", he added.

The man's wife was critically injured in the blast on Friday in the eastern state of Odisha, police said. Patnagarh Sub-Divisional Police Officer Sesadeva Bariha had said, "The police have collected evidence and an investigation is on".

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