KARACHI: Major figure behind the Baldia factory tragedy Rehman alias Bhola  admitted before JIT that he had set ablaze Baldia factory at the behest of Hammad Siddiqui, incharge MQM Organizational committee.

In a statement recorded  by him before  JIT he said there was dispute over Rs 250 million extortion money, therefore, he torched the factory. He did not expect that fire would spread so far and wide.

“ I and Zubair Chirya did planning for setting the factory on fire. Factory was torched at the behest of Hammad Siddiqui”, he stated.

He told JIT that  extortion money (bhutta)  amounting to Rs 58.5 million was grabbed from the owners of factory after fire incident. The extortion money was collected by two important political figures of MQM.

Bhola further said he had been patronising target killing related incidents.