Narayanganj mosque blast: Compensation order for victims’ families stayed



The Chamber Court of the Appelate Division has stayed the High Court order asking Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited to pay Tk 5 lakh to each of the families of the victims over the explosion in a mosque in Narayanganj.

At the same time, the court fixed October 1 for hearing the issue in a full bench of the Appelate Division.

Earlier on September 9, an HC bench of Justices JBM Hasan and M Khairul Alam passed the order asking Titas to deposit the money to the district’s deputy commission within next seven days. Then the deputy commissioner would distribute the money among the families of the victims.

Advocate Taimur Alam Khandaker and Barrister Mariam Khandaker appeared for the writ petition.

However, Titas Gas lawyer Barrister Mesbahur Rahman submitted a prayer on Sunday to the Chamber Court of the Appelate Division seeking to stay the High Court order for compensation.

The High Court also said that Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk), Dhaka Power Distribution Company Ltd (DPDC), Titas and the mosque committee can not evade their responsibilities in the tragic Narayanganj mosque explosion incident.

So far 31 people have died and five others are fighting for their lives after suffering multiple burn injuries as gas leakage triggered an explosion and six air conditioners exploded inside a mosque during Isha prayer in Narayanganj’s West Talla Mosque under Fatullah Police Station on September 4 last.

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