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Mosque fire: HC order asking Titas to compensate victims stayed

So far, 31 people have died in fire, suspected to be triggered by a gas pipeline leakage

Update : 13 Sep 2020, 07:40 PM

The Appellate Division has stayed the High Court order that directed Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd to pay compensation to victims of the recent Narayanganj mosque fire.

On Sunday, the Supreme Court’s chamber judge froze the order after the state-run gas company moved an appeal.

Justice Nuruzzaman has forwarded the matter to the full appeals bench and fixed December 1 for the hearing, said Titas Gas’ counsel Barrister Mejbahur Rahman.

On September 9, the High Court ordered the gas company to initially pay Tk5 lakh as compensation to each victim of the September 4 fire after hearing a petition moved by a Supreme Court lawyer, who also happens to be a resident of Narayanganj.

So far, 31 people have died from severe burn injuries sustained during the fire, which is suspected to be triggered by a gas pipeline leakage.

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