Key Baldia Factory fire accused Rahman Bhola remanded in police custody

KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court on Wednesday remanded key accused of Baldia Factory fire Abdul Rahman alias Bhola in police custody till December 19.

The court ordered that an SP rank police official be appointed for investigation into the case.

Rahman alias Bhola is one of the main accused in Baldia factory inferno case, which claimed more than 250 lives.

Rahman pleaded not guilty in the court. “The allegations hurled at me are false. Asghar Baig had set the factory on fire,” he said.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) brought Abdul Rahman to Karachi from Bangkok on Tuesday.

A two-member FIA team went to Thailand on Sunday to get custody of Abdul Rahman. After reaching Thailand the team requested access to Bhola, who was under treatment at a hospital of Bangkok prison for having kidney problems.

The FIA had constituted a two-member team comprising Deputy Director Badar Baloch and Inspector Rehmatullah Domki for Bhola’s extradition to Pakistan, sources had informed. The team arrived in Thailand along with documents and legal records pertaining to the Baldia factory tragedy, for taking custody of Rahman alias Bhola.

Earlier in his initial statement to the Interpol in Bangkok, Bhola had maintained himself as a ‘political worker affiliated with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement,’ sources within the Federal Investigation Agency had told Geo News. Bhola was on the run since four years.

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