Narayanganj mosque blast: Electrician arrested for illegal power connection
02:51 PM, September 20, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 05:38 PM, September 20, 2020

Narayanganj mosque blast: Electrician who ‘installed illegal line’ on 2-day remand

A Narayanganj court today placed an electrician on a two-day remand after he was arrested in a case filed in connection with the blast at Pashchim Talla Baitus Salat Mosque in Narayanganj that left 33 people dead until now.

Narayanganj Senior Judicial Magistrate's Court placed the arrestee -- Mobarok Hossain (35) – on a two-day remand after he was produced before the court by law enforcers with a five-day remand prayer, said Asaduzzaman, inspector of Narayanganj Court Police.

Earlier today, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested Mobarok Hossain from Narayanganj Sadar upazila, reports our Narayanganj correspondent.

Babul Hossain, inspector of CID, Narayanganj, told The Daily Star that during investigation, they found an illegal electricity line in the mosque and the connection was done by Mobarok, who is not a staff member of power department.

The CID officer said that the explosion would not have occurred on September 4 if this illegal line was not there.

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.

Yesterday, eight officers of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited, who have been suspended over the blast at the mosque, were arrested by CID.

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