7 killed, 15 hurt in Ctg 'gas pipeline' explosion
Published : Monday, 18 November, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 179
CHATTOGRAM, Nov 17: At least seven people including a child and a government primary school teacher were killed and 15 others injured in a gas pipeline explosion in a house at Patharghata on Sunday morning.
Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Kotwali Police Station Mohammad Mohsin told journalists that the gas pipeline was presumed to have exploded on the ground floor of a building in front of five-storey Barua Building in Patharghata Brick Field Road area at about 8.50 am on Sunday.
The authorities took 19 people to Chattogram Medical College Hospital for treatment. Of them, seven were pronounced dead by doctors, said the OC.
Police could identify five of the dead but the victims include two women, four men and a teenage boy, said OC Mohsin.
A victim identified as Annie Barua, Principal of Meher Ati Government Primary School, died when a wall caved in on her as she was leaving the house in the morning.
Her husband Palash Barua, a mechanical engineer, was seen mourning her death at the hospital.
Construction worker Nurul Islam, 31, of Ukhiya under Cox's Bazar district
had stopped to buy betel leaves from a shop on his way to work on a building site at Patharghata's Brickfield Road.
But, he died after being struck by chunks of flying bricks.
The other deceased who could be identified are Julekha Khanam Farzana, 30, and her children Atikur Rahman, 8 and Muhammad Shukkur, 50.
Arpita Nath and Sandya Nath, residents of ground floor of the affected building, Dorin Trisha Gomes, 23, Assistant Teacher of Saint Jones Grammar School of Patherghata were among the injured.
Trisha was crossing the spot riding by a rickshaw. The other injured are Yusuf,40, Ismail,30, Abdul Hamid,42, M Arif,22, Sandya Rani Devi,35, and Nazir Ahmed.
Pedestrians also suffered injuries after the outer walls of the building collapsed during the explosion. A shop just across the building was also damaged in the blast.
The gas riser of the building is located beside the boundary wall on the ground floor of the structure where the explosion occurred, said Purnachandra Mutsuddi.
The effect of the explosion also caused damage to a nearby building gate, a portion of wall of Barua building and a stationary microbus at its garage.
On receipt of the information, a contingent of Kotwali police and fire-fighters rushed to the spot to carry out the rescue operation.
Chattogram City Corporation and Chattogram District Administration said they would bear all treatment costs of those who received injuries in a gas pipeline explosion.
City Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin and Deputy Commissioner of Chattogram Mohammad Ilias Hossain separately announced this while visiting the spot.
Meanwhile, Chattogram district administration formed a five-member probe committee headed by its Additional District Magistrate AZM Sharif Hossain and asked them to submit the probe report within seven working days.
The CCC will also form a committee soon to investigate the matter, Mayor Nasir said. The CCC and DC offices will jointly provide Tk 20,000 to the families of the deceased immediately, the source said.
During his visit City Mayor asked the local councillor and the fire brigade services men to extend all possible helps to the blast victims' families.
Nasir expressed deep shock over the unwanted deaths and expressed sympathy to the members of the bereaved families.
Meanwhile, the City Mayor also visited the injured persons at CMC Hospital and consoled them and assured of better treatment.
CCC authority arranged transports for carrying the dead bodies to their respective native homes and paid money instantly for other ritual expenses.
An amount of taka one lakh will be given later by CCC to each blast members of the deceased families.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner of Chattogram Mohammad Ilias Hossain told journalists that every family member of victims of the Pathaergatha gas explosion will get Tk20 thousand each for funeral expenses.
He disclosed it while visiting the accident spot in the morning.
DC said it is most essential to give importance to security before constructing any building and said most of the building owner did not comply with the approved plan of the CDA.
It may be mentioned that the owners of the four-storey building Amal Barua and Titu Barua, live on the top floor.
The explosion shook up the entire building, said third-floor resident and school teacher Anjan Kanti Das, adding that his windows were shattered while items in his house fell on the floor.
"Pieces of the boundary wall also hit pedestrians after the explosion. We have sent quite a few people to the hospital, including pedestrians," said Ismail Bali, councillor of Patharghata's ward No 34.
Priya Das and her three-year-old daughter, who live next door, were also injured in the blast.