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17 dead In Bangladesh AC Blasts

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Titas Gas staffs accused of demanding 50 thousand bribes to solve gas leakage

Gas leakage triggered the blast

“So far 17 people have succumbed to their injuries- 26 are in critical condition “

PM has asked to ensure best treatment to victims

Titas Managing Director warns of strict action if Titas negligence found

At least 17 people died and 24 others were injured as gas leakage triggered an explosion and 6 air conditioners exploded inside the mosque during prayer in Narayanganj’s Fatullah on Friday night.

“The death toll reached to 17 in air conditioner blast at Baitus Salah Jame Mosque at Fatulla in Narayanganj on Friday night, succumbed to their wounds at Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery in Capital today. 26 other injured are currently in critical condition Hospital,” said Dr Samanta Lal Sen, coordinator of Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery, to IANS on Saturday evening.

After the incident the Fire service officials and Titas workforce are working on the site to repair a faulty gas line, which has reportedly been in such state for a long time.

Abdul Gafur Member, President of the of the Baitul Salat mosque committee accused the local staffs of the Titas Gas Transmission & Distribution Company Limited (TGTDCL), of demanding 50 thousand bribe to solve a gas leakage issue in the mosque building which was going on for quite a long time.

He said, “Titas officials in Narayanganj did not repair the leaks in the gas pipes as we did not pay tk 50,000.” He also claimed that they occasionally used to smell gas inside the mosque.

B’desh PM Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock and sorrow at the loss of lives and injuries in an air conditioner (AC) blast. Sheikh Hasina also prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved families. She also wished early recovery of the injured.

“The prime minister is also enquiring about the incident round the clock and asked the authorities concerned to ensure the highest treatment of the injured,” PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told.

Managing Director of TGTDCL warns of strict action if Titas negligence found.

Locals said the explosion took place around 8:45 pm at Baitus Salat Mosque, when the prayers had just finished their pray.

They said, one of the air conditioners of the mosque went off and sparked a fire inside the mosque at around 8.40 pm.  Later, all the six ACs exploded there, creating panic among the prayers.

Upon initial investigation, the fire service officials believe the incident might have occurred due to gas leakage. 

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