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Mumbai Police arrest Kamala mills director, fire brigade officer and hookah company owner fortnight after blaze

Mumbai Police arrested Kamala mills director Ravi Surajmal Bhandari, Fire Brigade officer Rajendra Baban Patil and Utkarsh Vinod Pande, the owner of the hookah company Nirvana, in connection to the Kamala Mills compound fire. The arrests were made over a fortnight after the Kamala Mills compound blaze, which claimed the lives of 14 people and injured another 55.

File image of fire in Kamala Mills. PTI

File image of fire in Kamala Mills. PTI

This action occurred after an inquiry report by the Mumbai municipal commissioner confirmed the theory that flying embers from hookah served illegally at Mojo's Bistro was the trigger for the fire. The report also proposed criminal action against the owner of the premises, owners of both the restaurants and concerned architects and interior decorators.

A preliminary report by the Mumbai fire brigade had also suggested that flying embers from hookah at Mojo's Bistro started the blaze.

Yug Pathak, one of the co-owners of Mojo's Bistro where the fire first erupted, surrendered to the Mumbai police on Tuesday and was formally arrested. Earlier, Yug Pathak, son of a retired DGP level IPS officer KK Pathak, who is Tuli's partner in the pub, was arrested.

The three owners of the 1Above pub — Kripesh Sanghavi, Jigar Sanghavi and Abhijit Mankar — where most of the 14 deaths took place, were also arrested on 10 January. Two managers of 1Above — Kevin Bawa and Lisbon Lopez — have also been arrested in the same case, taking the total number of arrests in relation to the fire to ten so far.

With inputs from agencies


Updated Date: Jan 21, 2018 00:43 AM

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