KARACHI - In an interrogation report submitted by police in the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Monday, prime accused Abdur Rahman alias Rehman Bhola confessed to starting a devastating factory fire in Karachi’s Baldia Town four years ago, that claimed lives of 257 people.

The suspect was presented in ATC amid tight security after expiry of his remand.

During the interrogation, Bhola revealed that the garment factory in Baldia Town was set on fire on Karachi Tanzeemi Committee in charge Hammad Siddiqui’s orders after its owners had refused to pay extortion and declined partnership offer.

He said Zubair Charya and other accomplices had assisted him.

Meanwhile, the court extended Rahman Bhola’s remand till December 29. Bhola, 46, was detained by Thai Interpol at a hotel in the red light district, Nana area, of Bangkok on December 2.

Later, he was brought back to Karachi by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

The gang had burned down the Ali Enterprises factory in September 2012 when the owners had refused to pay Rs25 crore extortion.

Meanwhile court on Monday issued non-bailable arrest warrants of Hammad Siddiqui, a fugitive in Baldia factory fire case, and ordered his arrest with the help of Interpol.

The court also ordered the Interior Ministry to issue red warrants of Siddiqui and approach Interpol in the case.

The hearing was adjourned till January 12 after the judge resented Interior Ministry for not issuing red warrants and approaching Interpol for the arrest.