Baldia Town Tragedy Case: Rauf Siddiqui declared innocent

Karachi: Karachi Police on Wednesday has declared former Interior Minister Sindh Rauf Siddiqui innocent in Baldiya Town Tragedy Case.

Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) heard the case in Central Jail Karachi during which investigation officer told the court that Muttahidda Qaumi Movement’s leader Rauf Siddiqui was innocent and was not booked in Baldia Town factory case.

Siddiqui was not accused nor offender in the case, police added.

The court raised question why Rauf Siddiqui was on bail, if he was not accused. Siddiqui responded his name was included in Joint Investigation Team (JIT) because of which he asked for the bail from the court.

The court adjourned hearing till April 8.

Earlier, in last hearing of the case on March 1, police also declared ten, including prime suspect Zubair Chariya, innocent in the case.

In September 2012, a lethal fire, at a factory situated in Baldia Town, swallowed lives of almost 250 people. Later, after investigations, it was proved that the factory was intentionally set on fire by Abdul Rehman alias Bhola on the order of Hammad Siddiqui. The fire was the result of refusing to give the protection money to Muttahidda Qaumi Movement’s leader.

Once during hearing of the case Bhola confessed that Rauf Siddiqui and Hammad Siddiqui took five crore rupees from the owners of the factory. After the statement ATC ordered to include Rauf in investigation of the case.