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On the other hand, a police investigation found negligence by the Titas staff members behind the explosion. Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police submitted a charge sheet accusing 29 people.

Moreover, a probe body formed by the Narayanganj deputy commissioner placed an 18-point recommendation to avert future explosions and fire incidents. But no initiative has been taken to implement the recommendations. Titas’s Narayanganj officials have admitted that the gas supply lines under their jurisdiction might develop leakages. But they seldom repair or replace the risky supply lines.

Titas officials claim that they take steps immediately after getting any complaints. But the reality was otherwise in the case of the the Baitus Salat Jame Masjid explosion. Local people many times informed Titas officials that they had smelt gas leakages around the neighourhoods. But Titas officials paid no heed to their concerns. They became serious only after the media outlets had carried the news of 37 deaths from explosion.

Not only in Narayanganj, leakages of Titas’s gas pipes also pose risk in many areas. Titas authorities should repair the supply network before any explosion or fire incident in the future.

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