by Our Correspondent in Dhaka,
Dhaka – Police have arrested eight officials of the state-run gas distribution company Titas for their alleged negligence that caused deadly explosion at a mosque in Narayanganj earlier this month.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) picked up the eight, including four engineers, on Saturday, the department’s spokesman Mainul Hasasn said.
They are remanded in custody for interrogation, he said after a court granted the investigators to quiz them for two days.
The on September 4 ripped through the Baitus Salat Jame mosque in Narayanganj district, nearly 25 kilometres south of Dhaka, when the Muslim worshippers were about to end their evening prayers, leaving nearly 50 injured.
Thirty-seven of them with severe wounds were immediately taken to Dhaka’s Sheikh Hasina Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute. Thirty-three of them died until Saturday at the hospital. Three of them are still being treated and one returned home, according to hospital officials.
A panel of investigators found gas from a leaked underground pipe accumulated in the mosque, where the doors and windows were sealed, and might have caused the explosion with an electric spark.
The gas distribution company suspended eight of its officials, who were tasked to maintain the distribution lines, over negligence of duty after the investigation report was submitted last week.
The members of the CID taken those officials into custody on Saturday and sought permission from the court for interrogation.
Zishanul Haque, an officer at the Criminal Investigation Department of police, said the accused will be charged for culpable homicide. If proved guilty, the they will face maximum of life in prison.