Baldia Factory Fire: Main accused Bhola extradited to Pakistan
KARACHI: Abdul Rahman alias Bhola, mastermind of the Baldia garments factory fire in 2012, is extradited to Pakistan from Thailand, sources said.
On Saturday, the Thailand police with the help of Interpol raided a five-star hotel, arrested Bhola and shifted him to their headquarters.
Rehman went to Dubai from Pakistan, later shifting to Malaysia and then finally at Thailand.
On November 28 during the hearing of the Baldia Factory Fire case the anti-terrorism court grilled authorities for not being able to arrest Hammad Siddiqui and Rehman alias Bhola, the other two suspects of the case.
The court had ordered the interior ministry to arrest fugitives with the help of Interpol.
The JIT formed to probe into the Baldia Town Factory case in its report stated “Abdul Rehman alias Bhola who is worker of Muttahida Qaumi Movement and an employee of Karachi Municipal Corporation’s health department along with his accomplices threw a chemical on the walls and gates that ignited a huge blaze at the factory.”
The owners of Baldia Town factory in their statement recorded by the JIT stated “We were leaving the factory late evening in July 2012 when we were stopped by Baldia sector in charge Rehman Bhola who threatened us to resolve the issue of extortion and contact Hammad Siddiqui, Karachi Tanzeemi Committee in charge, in this regard. On inquiring, he pitched the demand at Rs25 crore [Rs250 million] and partnership in the factory.”
Rahman is one of the three main accused. Zubair alias Lala is in police custody, while Hammad Siddiqui is still at large.
At least 260 labourers including women were killed in deadly fire at garment factory in Baldia town in 2012.
The sources said Abdul Rehman is likely to make startling revelations that would have strong impact on fast changing political scene in Karachi.