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MQM workers torched Baldia factory over extortion issue: eyewitness

Factory worker records his statement in court

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 9, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
Posted: Apr 9, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s workers and leaders set the Baldia Town factory on fire after they were denied payment of extortion money, said an witness on Tuesday.

The statement by the factory’s production in-charge, who is a witness in the case, marks a significant progress in one of the most tragic cases in Karachi’s history.

The factory worker recorded his statement before an anti-terrorism court on Tuesday.

Related: Baldia factory fire case: ATC indicts Rauf Siddiqui, other suspects

The factory owners told me that the MQM people demanded extortion money worth Rs250 million, he said in his statement.

“They asked Zubair Charya to take Rs10 million. But, he replied he won’t accept bhatta [extortion] below Rs200 million,” the factory’s production in-charge said. “Zubair Charya said you will have to face serious consequences in case you fail to pay extortion”

The matter relating to the extortion of money was not settled, therefore the MQM suspects set the factory on fire, he said.

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