ATC issues non-bailable arrest warrants against key suspects

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KARACHI: Anti-terrorism court on Monday has reissued non-bailable arrest warrants of key suspects in Baldia Town factory fire case namely, Hammad Siddique, and Abdul Rehman Bhola among others.
Investigation officer informed the court that all of the suspects, Siddiq, Bhola and others were yet to be arrested after which the court reprimanded the officer for failing to answer about the whereabouts of owners of the ill-fated factory and others involved.
It should be recalled here that the Sindh Police had given a clean chit to the owners of the factory.
The court warned the authorities concerned of issuing orders of arrest after declaring them fugitives in case their presence was not made sure in the next hearing. According to the counsel of the affectees, the court warned of ordering auction of assets in the next hearing as well, in case the persons of interest failed to appear.
The court summoned former investigation officer in the case, Senior Superintendent of Police Sajid Sadozoi on October 8 and adjourned the hearing.
A factory in Baldia Town of Karachi had caught fire on September 11, 2012, claiming lives of at least 236 workers and injuring over 600 after which an angle of demands of extortion money was introduced to the incident by Rangers in a report that alleged a political party.
Rangers were deployed in Karachi to exercise their special powers granted under the Constitution of Pakistan in a move of the federal capital to lessen crime incidence which Muttahida Qaumi Movement initially saw as a part of ‘minus-one formula.’