It is not known how the blast took place in the wireless area of Moghbazar in the capital. An inquiry committee has been set up in this regard. The committee will report within the next seven working days. Then the real reason will be known, said Sajjad Hossain, Director General of Fire Service and Civil Defense.
“We got the news at 6:34 pm,” he told reporters after visiting the scene after 11pm on Sunday. Our team comes here. This is a three storey building. There was a fast food shop on the ground floor and a godown on the second floor. The cause of the explosion was not immediately known. We have formed an investigation committee to find out the cause of the explosion.
Asked by reporters whether the building was already at risk and whether there was any sabotage of the incident, the director general of fire service and civil defense said the matter would be informed after the investigation.
Sajjad Hossain said, ‘We did not get any big evidence. Our guess is that an explosion could happen through gas or something like that. We are testing. We will be able to tell you what happened here after the investigation. We will give the investigation report within seven working days.
He said 39 people were injured in Dhaka Medical College and 18 in Sheikh Hasina Burn Unit and more than 60 people were being treated at different hospitals. Fire DG said the condition of some of them was critical.
There was a restaurant on the ground floor of the building. There was a gas connection. However, Sajjad Hossain, director general of the fire service, could not say whether the connection was valid or invalid. Besides, development work was underway on the road in front of the building. He said it would be seen whether there was any gas connection or whether there was an explosion from there.
Earlier, an explosion took place at 7.30 pm on the ground floor of building No. 79 on Outer Circular Road in Moghbazar Wireless area. The ground floor of the building was completely shattered in the blast. The blast hit a moving bus on the front road. Many passengers in the bus were injured at the time. In addition, the glass of the building surrounding the crashed building was shattered by a sharp explosion. Pedestrians and residents of the area were injured. Police said seven people were killed in the incident till the last news was received.
(Dhaka Times / 26 June / Karai / JB)
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