KARACHI - Police high-ups recommended to the Sindh home department on Wednesday to constitute a Joint Interrogation Team to interrogate prime suspect in the country’s deadliest fire incident that claimed 259 lives in Baldia factory.

The key suspect, Abdul Rehman aka Bhola, has been brought back to the country from Thailand, where he was arrested by Thai Police and handed over to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials.

After the arrest of Bhola, who was Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) sector in-charge at the time of the incident, police is after the alleged mastermind of the tragedy, Hammad Siddiqui, former in-charge of Karachi Tanzeemi Committee of MQM, who is still at large. A senior police official, privy to the matter, revealed that the red-warrants of Siddiqui would be issued by the Interior Ministry.

It is worth mentioning here that a two-member FIA team - Deputy Director Badar Baloch and Inspector Rehmatullah Domki had reached Thailand on Sunday and managed to get Bhola back after completing legal formalities.

Country’s deadliest incident - Baldia factory fire –has remained unresolved since September 11, 2012. Three different commissions and committees had earlier probed the incident and ruled out the possibility of criminal intention. Later, the civil society moved the court against the factory owners, who managed to flee abroad.

The case took a dramatic turn in February 2015 when hearsay JIT report of Rizwan Qureshi, a criminal arrested and later released, was submitted before the court by Rangers, in which Muttahida Qaumi Movement operatives were held responsible for the incident.

Police investigators recorded the statements of factory owners, declared absconders in the case.

Following the statements of factory owners, libel to pay compensation to the victim families, police declared extortion mafia responsible for the tragedy, named sector in-charge Baldia Rehman Bhola and KTC in-charge Hammad Siddiqui proclaimed offenders.