DG Rangers orders arrest of Baldia factory fire culprits
These directives were issued during a high-level meeting chaired by DG Rangers Sindh Major General Bilal Akbar at Rangers Headquarters in Karachi. The meeting expressed resolve to bring factory fire, which claimed at least 258 lives, culprits to book.
The Rangers officials expressed discontent over repeated attempts by ‘certain elements’ to influence the case. The issues including threats to heirs of Baldia factory fire victims were also thoroughly discussed.
Intelligence officials identified the elements including a political party behind that horrific fire. They also discussed sudden disappearance of Rizwan Qureshi, who made startling revelations into the case, after he was released on bail by the court.
Qureshi had revealed during Rangers interrogation that an influential figure of a political party had sought Rs 200 million extortion from owners of Ali Enterprises in Baldia. Upon refusal, a chemical was thrown in the factory, leading to its destruction and more than 250 workers were burnt to death.
DG Rangers also directed the personnel to intensify operation against criminals across the province.
Blaze in Ali Enterprises – a garment factory in Baldia Town – burnt at least 258 people alive on September 11, 2012.