Karachi factory fire: Court orders restoration of owners' frozen accounts

Court also rejected police reports portraying government bodies as innocent.


Web Desk November 14, 2012

KARACHI: A Karachi court, hearing the case pertaining to the Baldia Town factory fire, that killed 250 workers, ordered restoration of the factory owners' accounts that had been frozen earlier, Express News reported on Wednesday.

The court also rejected police reports that portrayed government bodies as innocent.

The country’s worst fire incident had claimed the lives of over 250 people in September. Many workers died of suffocation, others still were burnt alive at the Ali Enterprises garment factory in Baldia town, which made ready-to-wear clothing for Western export.

Earlier, the Sindh High Court (SHC) had directed authorities to furnish progress reports on DNA tests of unidentifiable factory fire victims and the disbursement of compensation cheques among families of the deceased.

The Sindh government was also ordered to inspect all factories across the province to see if safety of workers is ensured or not and get all unregistered industrial units registered within 20 days.

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