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Ctg explosion shrouded in mystery

Published : Tuesday, 19 November, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 121

CHATTOGRAM, Nov 18: The incident of deaths of nine people in an explosion is now shrouded in mystery as the probe body of the Kharnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Limited (KGDCL) found no link of the blast to gas pipeline leakage.
KGDCL submitted its report on Sunday evening.
Talking to the Daily Observer, General Manager (Engineering Service) Engineer Md Sarwar Hossain of KGDCL and the Chief of the committee claimed that there was no leakage in the gas pipeline.
He said the committee started the investigation as soon as the accident occurred. The body was given one working day for investigation.
Accordingly, the committee had completed the investigation and submitted the report to their
authority on Sunday evening.
Sarwar Hussain told the Observer that the raiser and the gas pipeline of KGDCL were found intact.
He claimed that if there was any leakage in the raiser or the gas pipeline should be torn into pieces. But those were found intact during their investigation, Sarwar said.
Later on, the Kotwali Police took away the raiser from the spot.
Besides, the KGDCL body also said the kitchen room of the apartment concerned had been used at 8.30 am before the explosion took place. So, the committee claimed that there was no gas leakage from pipeline.
The committee also presumed that the explosion might have taken place in a nearby abandoned room that contained safety tank.
He said somebody of the inmates had used match that caused the explosion.
Meanwhile, Arpita Nath an inmate of the affected building who was injured in the accident said that the explosion took place as soon as the match stick was lighted.
But the KGDCL committee refused it.
A case was filed with Kotwali Police Station on Monday against two persons for gas pipeline explosion at Patherghata of the city that claimed seven lives in Chattogram on Sunday.
Shahina Akhtar, wife of the deceased Rickshaw puller Mahmudul Huq, filed the case.
Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Kotwali Police Station Md Mohsin did not disclose the names of the accused for the sake of proper investigation.
But it was learnt from a reliable source that the accused are the brothers - Amal Barua and his brother Titu Barua - who are the owners of the Barua Building.
The district administration and the Chattogram Metropolitan Police have also formed two separate committees to probe the fatal explosion.
A five-member probe body of the district administration led by additional district magistrate AZ Sharif Hossain is working to find out the cause of the explosion.
The district administration's fact finding committee will have to submit its report within five working days.
At least seven people, including a child, were killed and 15 others injured in the gas pipeline explosion that took place in a house in city's Patharghata area on Sunday morning.

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