N’ganj Mosque Blast: Probe body seeks another week to submit report

Three more men injured in the Narayanganj mosque fire died yesterday, raising the toll to 31.

Abdus Sattar, 40, breathed his last around 9:30am, Nazrul Islam, 50, around 4:00pm, and Sheikh Farid, 21, around 4:45pm, at Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery, officials said.

Several others with critical injuries are being treated at the intensive care unit, they added.

The tragedy at Pashchim Talla Baitus Salat Masjid in Narayanganj happened around 8:45pm on September 4. A police investigation concluded that leaky gas pipes left unfixed have caused the tragedy.

Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited then suspended eight of its employees over negligence.

Meanwhile, a probe committee looking into the fire requested the authorities for an extension of its report submission deadline by seven days.

Narayanganj Deputy Commissioner Jashim Uddin said he received a letter requesting the extension by committee chief Additional District Magistrate Khadija Tahera Bobby.

“I asked the committee to submit the report as soon as possible, and they assured me that they have made progress, and need some more time,” said the DC.

Amid allegations of negligence and corruption, Titas formed its own probe committee.

Titas Managing Director (planning) of Abdul Wahab Talukdar told The Daily Star, “We have physically inspected the site. We spoke with the mosque management committee last night and they’ve handed us some written complaints. Our report is nearly done and will be submitted soon.”

Meanwhile, a four-member probe committee of the Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defense has inspected the site and are currently interviewing locals and victims.

The charge of investigation of a case filed over the fire was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department yesterday.


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