Staff Correspondent in Dhaka
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday asked the investigators to ascertain the reason behind the deadly explosion at a mosque in Narayanganj that left at least 24 people killed and many others wounded.
The suspected gas explosion on Friday night hit as Muslim worshippers were about to end their evening prayers at the Baitus Salat Jame mosque in Narayanganj district.
The scene is nearly 25 kilometres south of Dhaka.
Thirty-seven out of 40 victims with severe wounds were taken to Dhaka’s specialist burn and plastic surgery institute. Twenty-four of them died until Sunday, according to official counts.
Prime Minister Hasina while addressing a condolence motion in parliament said she directed the authorities concerned to find out the reason behind the blast.
She hoped the fact behind the mosque explosion must come out. Investigators have started working on to determine as to why and how the accident happened.
Experts have visited the scene and collected the evidences, she added.
She also asked the investigators to see whether the mosque was built in line with the approval from the concerned authorities.
“The mosque has been said to be built on a gas pipe line,” Hasina said adding that usually no construction on a gas pipe line is allowed.
“Has RAJUK given permission? None can give such permission having all time risk of such an incident. It is being investigated now,” she said.
The prime minister took part in the discussion after Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury moved the obituary motion at the opening sitting of the 9th session of the eleventh Jatiya Sangsad.
The motion was moved on the deaths of former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, two incumbent lawmakers —Sahara Khatun and Md Israfil Alam — and other eminent personalities who died since the prorogation of the 8th session of the current parliament.