The Narayanganj Titas Gas Ltd has suspended its eight employees, including four engineers, over a mosque blast in West Fatullah, which claimed at least 27 lives.
They have been suspended for their alleged negligence that led to the explosion, Ali Mohammad Al-Mamun, managing director of Titas Gas, told The Business Standard on Monday.
They have also been served with a show-cause notice asking for explanations why they would not be dismissed from the job, he added.
The suspended engineers include Mohammad Sirajul Islam, manager for Fatullah Zone, deputy manager Mahmudur Rahman Rabbi, and assistant engineers SM Hasan Shahriar and Manik Mia.
The other employees facing the punishment include senior supervisor Moniobur Rahman Chowdhury, senior developer Md Ayub Ali, and assistants Hanif Mia and Ismail Prodhan.
Local people have been blaming gas leakage from Titas' distribution pipelines for the blast.
On Friday night last, around 150 people were attending Esha prayer when the incident took place. The explosion ripped through the mosque at once. All six ACs exploded at the same time and glasses of the windows were shattered.
Around 40 injured were taken to a hospital in Narayanganj. Later doctors sent the critical patients to Dhaka and they were admitted to Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery.
The deadly blast of Friday night claimed 27 lives so far and 10 more are battling for their lives at the hospital.