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Narayanganj mosque blast: CID files charge sheet against 29

The president of the mosque committee was named as the main accused in the charge sheet

Update : 31 Dec 2020, 11:18 PM

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police has pressed charges against 29 people in a case filed over the authorities' negligence, due to which a blast of air-conditioners at the mosque killed 34 people in Narayanganj.

The CID submitted the charge sheet to a court on Thursday, Narayanganj court police Inspector Asaduzzaman confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

The president of the mosque committee was named as the main accused in the charge sheet. However, the names of arrested officers and employees of the Titas Gas were dropped from the charge sheet.

It was mentioned in the charge sheet that a supplementary charge sheet will be filed against the eight accused government officials or employees after receiving approval from the appropriate authority.

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Narayanganj CID unit Special Superintendent of Police Nasir Uddin said 26 people of the mosque committee including the mosque committee chief, meter reading collector of Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC, and two electricians were named in charge sheet.

The accused in the case are Abdul Gafur Mia, 60, Samsuddin Sardar, 60, Shamsu Sardar, 57, Shawkat Ali, 50, Asim Uddin, 50, Jahangir Alam, 40, Shafiqul Islam Ujjwal, 45, Naeem Sardar, 27, Tanvir Ahmed, 45, Al Amin, 35, Alamgir Sikder, 35, Alhaj Maulana Al Amin, 45, Siraj Hawlader, 55, Newa Mia, 55, Nazir Hossain, 56, Abul Kashem, 45, Abdul Malek, 55, Monirul, 55, Swapan Mia, 38, Aslam Ali, 42, Ali Tajam  alias Milky, 55, Qayyum, 38, Mamun Mia, 38, Delwar Hossain, Bashir Ahmed Hridoy, 26, Rimel, 32, DPDC employee Arifur Rahman, 30, electrician Mubarak Hossain, 40, and Raihanul Islam, 36.

On September 4, an explosion that occurred at Pashchim Talla Baitus Salat Jame Mosque in Narayanganj at around 8:45pm after Esha prayers, critically injured 37 and killed 34 of them.

Also Read - ‘Titas was told countless times about the gas pipe, they didn't care’

On September 7, Titas Gas issued two separate letters suspending eight of their personnel for negligence in duty. They were also issued show cause notices.

On September 10, police handed over the Narayanganj mosque explosion case to the CID.

Fire officials said the explosion was caused by the accumulation of leaked gas from an underground Titas Gas pipeline that somehow came in contact with an electric spark from the air conditioners.

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