Kamala Mills fire: Seven-day police custody for ‘1 Above’ pub owners

All three owners of the Mumbai pub 1 Above, who were arrested in connection with the December 29 Kamala Mills fire that claimed 14 lives, were produced before a magistrate’s court on Thursday and sent to police custody till January 17.

Kripesh Sanghvi and his brother Jigar Sanghvi — on the run since the fire broke out — were arrested from a hotel in Bandra late on Wednesday. The third partner, Abhijeet Mankar, was arrested early on Thursday morning, confirmed Mumbai police spokesperson Deepak Devraj.

The three have been booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and other offences under the Indian Penal Code.

Seeking their custody, the police said they wanted to question the owners of 1Above and Mojo Bistro together.

The police tracked the mobile numbers the owners were using after Kariya shared the information during questioning.

A fire broke out in Mojo’s Bistro and spread to the adjoining 1Above, also injuring 55 others.

While a co-owner of Moso Bistro, Yug Pathak is in jail, his partner Yug Tuli is still on the run.

The police have recorded the statements of at least 70 witnesses and staff members of both the restaurants, including the owner of Kamala Mills. “We are now investigating how the two restaurants managed to get the no- objection certificate from BMC for renovation,” said the officer.