ATC announces verdict in Baldia factory fire case

KARACHI: An anti-terrorism case in Karachi has awarded death sentence to two accused persons including Rehman alias Bhola and Zubair aka Charya in Baldia factory inferno case.

The anti-terrorism court in its verdict acquitted Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Rauf Siddiqui and Hammad Siddiqui in the Baldia factory inferno case. The verdict was announced after eight years of the terrorizing incident. Moreover, four accused persons have been pronounced life imprisonment by the court.

The jail officials produced two accused persons including Rehman alias Bhola and Zubair alias Charya before the ATC in the Baldia factory inferno case. Moreover, a senior leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Rauf Siddiqui also arrived in the court.

Strict security arrangements have been made in and around the court’s building and entry to unauthorised persons were closed in the court.

The ATC was expected to announce its verdict in the Baldia factory fire case on September 7, however, it was postponed till September 22.

It is pertinent to mention here that on July 05, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) had stated in its conclusive report that the Baldia Town factory inferno incident was ‘a terrorism act’, rejecting it as an accident where more than 250 people had been burnt alive on September 11 – 2012 in Karachi.

The investigators had revealed in the 27-page report that the factory had been torched by assailants over non-payment of Rs200 million as extortion money.

They had also sought to provide protection to the witnesses of the incident. It emerged that Hammad Siddiqui and Rehman Bhola was directly involved in the terrorism incident which was previously dealt with a non-professional manner.

The JIT members had found out that many elements attempted internally and externally influence the investigation process in order to benefit the people behind the carnage.