Moga courier blast case: ‘Bomb’ sent to settle rivalry in property dispute, says police

Rajvir was wearing a wig to conceal his identity when he was arrested.

Written by Divya Goyal | Ludhiana | Updated: October 5, 2018 1:48:39 pm
Pic caption: DIG MS Chhina with outgoing Moga SSP Gurpreet Singh Toor addressing a news conference in Moga Thursday. (Express Photo/Gurmeet Singh)

The police on Thursday claimed to have solved the Moga courier parcel blast case, in which two persons were injured on September 26, with the arrest of Rajvir Rajeyana alias Raja (51) from Rourkela in Odisha, who had allegedly sent the “parcel bomb” to his nephew (cousin’s son) Bhupesh Rajeyana of Sangrur with whom he had a property dispute.

Mukhwinder Singh Chhina, DIG Ferozepur range, told The Indian Express that the accused was identified from a CCTV grab and arrested from Rourkela on October 2. “There is no terrorism angle in the case. Preliminary investigation shows he used firecracker powder as explosive to prepare the low-intensity bomb. He stayed at Modern Lodge in Jalandhar from September 20 to 29 where he prepared the bomb. Forensic experts visited that room on October 4 for detailed probe. The forensic report containing details on explosive used is awaited but the initial probe says it was firecracker powder,” he said.

Rajvir was wearing a wig to conceal his identity when he was arrested.

Addressing a press conference in Moga Thursday, DIG Chhina and outgoing Moga SSP Gurpreet Singh Toor said the accused had also prepared a fake Aadhar card under the name Mohammad Abdul Bari showing himself as a resident to Andhra Pradesh.

He also used same fake Aadhar ID to book railway tickets and a room at a lodge in Jalandhar.

The family owns some ancestral property at village Kheri of Sangrur for which dispute was on since years.

Parents of the accused died long back and he is unmarried. Apart from part-time photography, he had some rental income from shops he owns in Rourkela.

“In January this year, the accused was called to Sangrur by his nephew Bhupesh and his father Daleep Rajeyana to solve property dispute. However, the meeting ended with a fight and since then Rajvir was holding grudge against his uncle and nephew. He wanted to teach them a lesson,” said outgoing SSP Toor.

Working as a part-time videographer in low budget Punjabi movies, Rajeyana was familiar with Moga as he had shot some movies there, said police.

Police said that accused also had technical knowhow of using computers, cameras and other technicalities which helped him in making parcel bomb. His aim was to terrorize and harm his cousin, not to kill them, said police. Initially he decided to send parcel bomb through post and reached main post office of Moga but then he changed his mind and reached Sood Couriers which is 40-50 meters away from post office, said police.

After delivering the parcel at courier shop on September 26, he went back to Jalandhar and then to Odisha.

FIR has been registered against accused under the sections 3 and 4 of the Explosives Act and sections 307 (attempt to murder), 427 (mischief causing damage) and 120-B (conspiracy) of IPC at Moga city south police station.

On September 26, a courier parcel exploded at Sood Couriers on Chamber road of Moga injuring shop owner Vikas Sood and his friend Rakesh Kumar.

The accused has been sent in five days police remand of Moga police for more questioning.

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