Lahore: Bail pleas in factory collapse case
LAHORE: Additional District and Sessions Judge Arshad Ali on Tuesday fixed September 26 on an application seeking after-arrest bails of accused ZaheerIqbal and ZafarIqbal, directors of Orient Labs, allegedly involved in showing negligence in the factory collapse which claimed the lives of around 26 people. On Tuesday, counsel of the victims submitted that the owners of the Orient Labs were well aware about the dilapidated factory. He contended that his client had moved more than 20 applications in the environmental, LDA and several other departments of the government. Some departments had also issued notices to factory owners intimating them about the dilapidated condition of the factory but they turned a deaf ear to the matter.
As per FIR got registered by Muhammad Ashraf Sindhu, Inspector at Sabzazar Police against ZaheerIqbal, Chief Executive, ZafarIqbal and ZubairIqbal, Directors of Orient Lab under sections 302,324,290,291,427 and 149 of Pakistan Penal Code, stated that he along with other police officials while performing his patrol duty received an emergency call through 15 that Orient Lab Factory faced a blast. He along with other officials reached there and saw that the entire building along with the adjacent buildings of Khalid Habib and RanaAmjad had collapsed and all workers of the factory were under the building structure.
Later, the people were rescued and taken to the hospital while several people died. Khalid Habib and RanaAmjad told them that they had submitted several applications to different departments to shift this factory from the residential area but no one listened to them. This factory was sealed but later was reopened. They later informed three brothers about any big loss in future but they ignored them.