Mumbai, December 30: A day after 14 people lost their lives in a huge fire at a terrace restaurant in Mumbai’s Kamala Mills compound, the Mumbai police has registered three fresh FIRs in the case. These FIRs are based on BMC’s complaint about several violations by Kamla Mills Owners and others for Maharashtra Regional Town Planning violation.Also Read - Sameer Wankhede to Remain In Charge of Mumbai Drugs on Cruise Case Until 'Substantial Proof Found Against Him': NCB DDG
“Three fresh FIRs to be registered with NM Joshi Marg police against owners of 1Above, Mojo’s Bistro and P22 for illegal extensions under MRTP on the complaint of BMC,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Deepak Devraj said in a statement. The case was registered at the NM Joshi Marg police station. Also Read - No Firecrackers, Only Diyas: Maharashtra Govt Urges All To Celebrate Diwali By Lighting Lamps; Issues Guidelines
The police also dispatched multiple teams to different states to search the accused, who went absconding after the incident. A lookout notice has also been issued against them so that the accused do not leave the country. Also Read - ACP-level Officer to Investigate Allegations of Corruption Against NCB's Sameer Wankhede
On Friday night, Mumbai police officials went ahead and booked the owners of the pub “1 Above” along with others, under various charges including culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
According to a report, the accused – Hratesh Sanghvi, Jigar Sanghvi and Abhijeet Manka of Sigrid Ospitalita and Entertainment, which manages the “1 Above” pub – have also been charged under section 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety or others).
Although, cops believe that the fire started from 1 “Above”, but Mojo Bistro, the restaurant adjacent to 1 Above has not been given clean chit yet.
In a statement issued by 1 Above on Friday, the owners of the pub claimed that the fire started from “quarters” adjoining the restaurant and its emergency exit was used by customers from Mojo’s Bistro too.
The fire started somewhere around 12:15 am on Friday and spread quickly. Witnesses present at the spot said that the entire building was engulfed in flames in less than half-an-hour. The fire is believed to have spread further as the roof of the restaurant was made of bamboo and tarpaulin sheets.
Few hours after the incident the BMC Commissioner suspended five BMC officials, with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis saying officials would face criminal cases in any inquiry indicted them of being “deliberately negligent”.
A senior activist of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had reportedly complained in October to the civic body BMC about illegal structures that could cause a disaster, but he was told there was “nothing illegal”.