HC orders Titas to give Tk 5 lakh each to Narayanganj mosque blast victim families

The High Court today directed Titas Gas Ltd to give Tk 5 lakh as initial compensation in seven days to each family of the victims, who died and suffered injuries in the Narayanganj mosque blast.

Titas Gas Ltd will give the money to the deputy commissioner (DC) of Narayanganj; the DC will distribute the money to the victims’ families, the HC said.

The court also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned of the government and Titas Gas to explain why it should not be directed to give Tk 50 lakh to each family.

The court said it will hold a hearing on the rule after the probe committees formed by the government will submit their reports on the incident.

The HC bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam came up with order and rule following a writ petition that sought its directive upon authorities of Titas Gas to give Tk 50 lakh compensation to each family.

Supreme Court lawyer and a resident of Narayanganj Mar-um Khondaker submitted the writ petition as a public interest litigation to the HC on Monday seeking its directive.

In the petition, she prayed to the HC to order the government to identify the persons responsible for the negligence in repairing the gas pipeline that reportedly caused the explosion.

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