KARACHI: The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed for the Baldia Town factory in its conclusive report has revealed that the factory was torched by assailants over non-payment of Rs200 million as extortion money.
The report stated that the inferno incident was ‘a terrorism act’, rejecting it as an accident where more than 250 people had been burnt alive on September 11, 2012, in Karachi.
The report was signed by officers of law enforcement institutions who have contributed in the investigation of the factory fire case.
The investigators revealed in the 36-page report that the factory had been torched by assailants over non-payment of Rs200 million as extortion money.
The findings showed the irresponsible role of the police, which seemed to be hiding the real characters involved in the mass killing of innocent people.
The JIT investigators further stated in the report that the prime characters in the terrorism incident of Baldia Town factory fire should be brought back from abroad and their names should be included in the Exit Control List (ECL) and their passports seized.
They also sought to provide protection to the witnesses of the incident. It emerged that Hammad Siddiqui and Rehman Bhola were directly involved in the terrorism incident which was previously dealt with in a non-professional manner.
The JIT members found that many elements attempted internally and externally to influence the investigation process in order to benefit the people behind the carnage. It is also exposed that a 1,000-yard bungalow had been purchased in Hyderabad city by using the extortion money by the assailants before the occurrence of the Baldia factory incident.
The First Investigation Report (FIR) of the terrorism act was presented in a way that it was simply a murder incident, said the JIT report, adding the police had failed to carry out the investigation in an impartial way after being pressurized.
In its report, the joint investigation team has demanded to register a new FIR and nominating the prime accused, including Bhola, Siddiqui, Zubair Charya and others in the case.