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Narayanganj mosque blast: Titas seeks stay on HC compensation order

13 Sep 2020 20:20, Somoy English Desk
Narayanganj mosque blast: Titas seeks stay on HC compensation order
Narayanganj mosque blast: Titas seeks stay on HC compensation order

Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd has filed a petition with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court seeking a stay on a High Court order asking it to initially pay Tk 5 lakh to the each family of the Narayanganj mosque blast victims as compensation.

Barrister Mejbahur Rahman on Sunday said the chamber judge of the Appellate Division might hear the petition. 

On September 9, the HC bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice M Khairul Alam ordered Titas to initally provide Tk 5 lakh to the each family as compensation.

The amount will have to be handed over to the deputy commissioner of Narayanganj who will distribute it among the victims and their families.

At the same time, it observed that none of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkah, Titas, Dhaka Power Supply and Distribution Compnay Ltd and the mosque managing committee can avoid the responsibility over the explosion.

The court came up with the observation after hearing a writ petition filed seeking its order to provide Tk 50 lakh as compensation to each family of the Narayanganj mosque explosion victims.

Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Mar-e-Um Khandaker filed the writ in the form of public interest litigation on September 7. 

Power and energy secretary, Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd authorities and the district administration of Narayanganj among others have been made respondents in the writ.

The death toll from the Narayanganj mosque explosion has risen to 31. 

Besides, the five burn victims who are currently undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit was also stated to be critical.

Meanwhile, one burn victim has already been discharged from the hospital.

Police and witnesses said the explosion took place around 8:45pm during Esha prayers on September 4 when the devotees just finished their prayers.

The explosion took place due to the leakage in the gas pipeline, leaving 40 people injured.

They were first taken to Sadar Hospital from where 37 were later sent to the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery.

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