Karachi: Non-bailable warrants issued against 4 officials
KARACHI: A judge on Wednesday issued non–bailable warrants for the arrest of four officials of the labour department and civic agencies for showing negligence and not playing a responsible role in dealing with the Baldia garments factory fire incident. Judicial Magistrate (West-II) Sohail Ahmed Mashori observed that the final charge sheet submitted by the investigation officer had showed certain officials of the labour department and other civic agencies had played a negative role. The judge then ordered police to make arrests and produce the accused in the court on November 27.
The officials against whom the non–bailable warrants have been issued are Labour Director Zahid Qurban Sheikh, Managing Director SITE Rasheed Ahmed Solangi, Additional Controller Civil Defence Ghulam Akbar and Chief Electrical Inspector Amjad Ali.
The final charge sheet said factory owners Shahid Bhaila and Arshad Bhaila, sons of another accused Abul Aziz Bhaila, remained unmoved despite the eruption of the fire in Ali Enterprises, the ill-fated factory where at least 259 labourers were killed on September 11. It said the two had taken no steps for the security and safety of the workers.
Earlier, Investigation Officer Jahanzeb had complained that some civic agencies were not cooperating in the investigations. Shahid and Arshad Bhaila are in jail, while Abdul Aziz Bhaila is on bail on health grounds.