Factory fire investigation: Men arrested after calls traced from owners’ cell

Published: September 19, 2012
One of the suspects had repeatedly called the factory owners the day of the fire. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

One of the suspects had repeatedly called the factory owners the day of the fire. PHOTO: AFP/FILE


After pulling the data from the cell phones of the Baldia factory owners, the law enforcement agencies arrested more than 10 people in Baldia Town in connection with the fire at the garment factory.

The detainees, reportedly affiliated with a political party, were taken to an undisclosed location for questioning. According to sources, the suspects had business ties with the factory owners but were not on good terms with them.

Sources added that all suspects belong to one family and one of them had repeatedly called the factory owners the day of the fire. The investigating teams have been unable to confirm the reason of the fire at the Baldia factory which broke out on September 11 and killed 258 workers. The investigation team, headed by CID DIG Manzoor Mughal, claims that the fire took place because of a short circuit while the FIA team says the electric cable is intact. Meanwhile, DNA samples of 39 bodies have been sent for testing and the results are expected within a few days. The bodies are being kept in the Edhi mortuary.

The investigation team has completed 18 pages of a report after recording statements of the owners, Abdul Aziz Bhaila and his sons Arshad Bhaila and Shahid Bhaila. An official of the team said the three owners, who were interrogated separately, gave contradicting statements.

The police have reportedly seized important factory records from the house of the General Manager, Mansoor, and are also looking into the reported missing equipment from the factory.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 19th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:14AM

    Good breakthrough.

    Le’ts find more who else is involved in this case.


  • Haider
    Sep 19, 2012 - 12:02PM

    nothing will happen.. our politics oriented police will release all of them.. i can bet my life on it!!!


  • Omer
    Sep 19, 2012 - 12:23PM

    I’m pretty sure there is more to this fire….someone is involved….may Allah expose them!!!


  • Zafar Majeed
    Sep 19, 2012 - 1:16PM

    Everyone in karachi knows who this political party is,but because of fear,can’t name that party.


  • Afzaal Khan
    Sep 19, 2012 - 4:08PM

    what is the name of political party, why can’t we name political parties in karachi?


  • Test
    Sep 19, 2012 - 5:40PM

    @Zafer Majeed have written a truth and i think every body have understood.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 19, 2012 - 6:52PM

    I will not be surprised…why the police took the owners to undisclosed location. To confess him what the official want .


  • Syed
    Sep 19, 2012 - 6:58PM

    pray tell which political party might be involved?


  • Irfan
    Oct 1, 2012 - 12:08PM

    investigation shouldbe done on daily basis and it shouldbe publisized by all media channels on daily basis(this is public service) everybody should play its part to examine, and if political parties are loyal to the country and its people then they can reach to the real criminals within 7 days. Chief Justice of the country shouldbe involved. its a biggest attack on the country by the terrorists. the highups must show their love to the country and its people by taking big part in the investigation. pls do jusstice.Recommend

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