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Narayanganj mosque blast: SC stays HC order over compensation

  • Published at 09:09 am December 1st, 2020
The burned and dismantled Baitus Salat Jame Mosque in Poschim Tolla of Narayanganj on Saturday, September 12, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

On September 13, the chamber judge of the Appellate Division stayed the High Court order

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court stayed the High Court order asking the authorities concerned of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd to provide Tk5 lakh each to the families of the Narayanganj mosque blast victims within seven days.

The Appellate Division bench led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order on Tuesday upholding the chamber judge court order after disposing of the petitions filed by the state and Titas.

Attorney General AM Amin Uddin represented the state while Advocate Taimur Alam Khandaker stood for the petitioner.

On September 9, Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Khairul Alam's bench ordered the gas company to provide Tk5 lakh each to the families of the mosque blast victims in seven days.

The court also issued a rule asking the government to explain why directives should not be given to provide Tk50 lakh as compensation to the blast victims.

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Secretaries to the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Housing and Public Works, Home Affairs, authorities of Titas gas, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) chairman, Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC), Dhaka Electric Supply Company Limited (Desco), Baitus Salat Jame Masjid committee, Narayanganj deputy commissioner (DC) and superintendent of police (SP), and three others were made respondents to the rule which was returnable in four weeks.

On September 13, Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division Justice Md Nuruzzaman stayed the High Court order and asked the authorities concerned to send the petition to the regular bench of the Appellate Division for hearing.

On September 6, Advocate Taimur Alam Khandaker filed a writ petition with the High Court seeking Tk50 lakh compensation for families of each of the Narayanganj mosque blast victims. 

Some 40 people suffered burn injuries as all the air conditioners of the mosque exploded during Esha prayers in Fatullah on September 4.

The death toll from the incident rose to 34.

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