HC orders Tk5 lakh recompense each family...

Dhaka, Tuesday   29 September 2020

Mosque blast in N’ganj:

HC orders Titas Tk5 lakh compensation to each blast affected family

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 02:27 PM, 9 September 2020   Updated: 02:34 PM, 9 September 2020

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The High Court on Wednesday has directed primarily, to pay Tk5 lakh to the families of each of the victims of the blast in the mosque in Narayanganj.

The Titas Gas Authority has been asked to pay the money to the Narayanganj Deputy Commissioner within seven days. He will distribute this money.

On Wednesday a High Court bench comprising Justice JBM Hasan and Justice Khairul Alam passed the order.

At the same time, the court has issued a rule asking why the compensation of Tk50 lakh for the killed and injured will not be ordered. The power and energy ministry secretary, Titas Gas Authority, Narayanganj deputy commissioner, and others have been asked to respond to the rule within the next four weeks.

Advocate Taimur Alam Khandaker and Barrister Mar-i-Yam Khandaker appeared for the writ petition. On the other hand, Deputy Attorney General Noor-us-Sadiq was present at the state hearing.

Barrister Mar-i-Yam Khandaker, a resident of Narayanganj and a lawyer for the Supreme Court, filed a writ petition on Monday seeking Tk50 lakh compensation for the families of each of the victims of the blast.

The writ petition seeks to know why no compensation will be given to those killed and injured. At the same time, in this case, instructions are sought to determine who is responsible, who is negligent or who is wrong.

Earlier, on September 4 (Friday) at around 8:30 pm, an explosion took place at the Baitus Salat Jame Mosque in the western part of Fatullah. At that time there were at least 50 worshipers in the mosque. Thirty-seven people with severe burns were admitted to the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery. So far 28 deaths have been reported there. The condition of 9 burnt people under treatment is also critical.

According to the writ petition, the mosque management committee and local residents brought the matter to the notice of the Titas Gas Authority. But officials at the local Titas Gas office demanded Tk 50,000 for line repairs. The accident happened due to the negligence of the concerned.

The writ petition sought directions to determine who was responsible for the incident. In addition, instructions were sought for regular maintenance of gas, electricity, water and telephone lines.