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2014 Doha gas explosion victims to be compensated

  • Accused sentenced to prison
- Bimal Khatiwada, काठमाडौं

Jul 31, 2015-A Qatari court has sentenced the prime accused in the 2014 gas explosion that killed 11 workers, including four Nepalis, to five years in prison and has directed them to compensate the family of the victims with ‘blood money’.

A gas-tank explosion on February 24, 2014, in Doha-based Istanbul Restaurant had killed 11 people and injured 30 others. The country’s Lower Criminal Court found four people responsible for the maintenance of the gas tank guilty on account of destruction of property, violation of safety laws and four other charges.

The court has sentenced the prime accused to five years in prison and the accomplices to two years and slapped them with a fine ranging between 10,000 and 6,000 Qatari Riyal. The court also ordered the convicts to pay 100,000 Qatari Riyal (approx Rs 2.8 million) to each family of the deceased as blood money and between 600 to 10,000 Riyal to the injured.

Four Nepalis – Durga Karki, Yam Bahadur Khatri, Man Banadur Khatri and Tanka Bahadur Chhetri, all of Baglung district – working in a nearby Rubabi Restaurant had lost their lives in the explosion.

The Nepali Embassy in Doha has filed a different case for compensation for the victims.

Published: 31-07-2015 18:55

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