ATC absolves Rauf Siddiqui, announces capital punishment for Rehman Bhola, Zubair Charya in Baldia factory case
KARACHI: Rehman Bhola and Zubair Charia are sentenced to death in the Baldia Factory tragedy. The court acquitted MQM leader Rauf Siddiqui on the ground of lack of evidence.
Hamad Siddiqui and Ali Hassan are declared most wanted as the verdict was announced by the Special Anti-Terrorism Court in the Baldia Factory tragedy.
Apart from Rauf Siddiqui, the court acquitted Adib Khanum and Ali Hassan Qadri while the other four accused were convicted for facilitation.
The anti-terrorism court reserved judgment on September 2 after hearing arguments from the parties.
It may be recalled that a fire broke out in the textile factory of the municipality in September 2012 in which more than 250 people were burnt alive.
In December 2016, Rehman alias Bhola, an accused in the Baldia factory case, was arrested from Bangkok with the help of Interpol and transferred to Karachi.
Abdul Rehman Bhola had admitted in his statement that he had set fire to the Baldia factory at the request of Hamad Siddiqui.
Later on October 27, 2017, Hamad Siddiqui, the main accused in the Baldia Factory tragedy, was arrested from Dubai.