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Key accused in Baldia factory fire caught at Karachi airport

KARACHI: The law enforcement agencies have caught a key accused, Abdul Rehman aka Bhola, in Baldia Town fire case who was trying to flee the country, ARY News reported.

Bhola, s/o Abdul Sattar, was arrested from Karachi airport when he was about to board a flight PK-607. Immigration officials checked his record and apprehended him at around 3pm today.

The airport officials informed the Rangers and handed over the accused to the paramilitary force.

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Read more: Baldia factory set ablaze for non-payment of extortion: report

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Law enforcers were going after the key culprit Abdul Rehman in Baldia factory blaze case, in which more than 250 labourers were burnt alive.

The factory was reportedly set on fire when its owners refused to pay extortion to a big political party of Karachi.

According to Rangers report citing confession of suspected target killer Rizwan Qureshi, the factory fire was an organized crime. A top leader of a political party had sought Rs 200 million from the Baldia factory owner. When the owners approached the political leader, he feigned ignorance.

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Read also: Security threats: Prosecutor in Baldia factory case quits

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The report said altercation between the factory owners and a political  leader also erupted. The political bigwig was subsequently also relieved of his responsibilities in the party, added the report.

It is said in a report that chemical was spilled in a factory with a purpose to set it on fire – in reaction against non-payment of extortion.

The main accused, who is under custody of Rangers, made big revelations. He alleged that a ‘front man’ obtained Rs 150 million from factory owners to ‘wind up’ the case.

Blaze in Ali Enterprises – a garment factory in Baldia Town – burnt at least 258 people alive on September 11, 2012.

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