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Mumbai Kamala Mills fire: Nobody ready to come forward to record their statements with the police


MUMBAI: Fourteen people lost their lives and 21 others were badly injured in a major fire that broke out in a building in Mumbai's Kamala Mills Compound. The blaze, reported around 12.30 a.m. from a rooftop restaurant in The Kamla  Mill .Photo by BL SONI

Mumbai: The NM Joshi Marg police have contacted several patrons of Mojo Bistro to record their statements in the Kamala Mills fire. According to Senior PI, NM Joshi Marg police station, Ahmad Pathan, “We are yet to record the statements of 30 patrons of Mojo’s who were present at the time of the fire. We contacted several patrons, however, they have alleged that they were not present at the time of the fire or had left the pub premises before the fire occurred.”

According to Suryakant Naikode, the investigating officer in the case,“Yug Tuli is presently absconding. His statements were recorded twice uptil Friday. We have issued a summons against him and he should be arrested soon. During investigation, Yug Pathak, the arrested co-owner of Mojo Bistro has been claiming that his business partner Tuli was in charge of the operations, modifications, illegal construction and extensions of Mojo Bistro.” Tuli, a Nagpur-based businessman, and Pathak have a 50% share each in the business.

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At the time of the fire, 30 patrons were present at Mojo’s, who had escaped from the pub while 150 persons were present at 1Above. “Tuli and Pathak are friends since last many years. However, Pathak has been claiming that he doesn’t know the whereabouts of the absconding accused Tuli. A team has been dispatched to trace Tuli. I am not aware if they are running any other partnership business,“added Pathan.

As per a media report stating that the surrender of accused Jigar Sanghvi and Kripesh Sanghvi, owners of 1Above, “We do not have any such information about Sanghvi planning to surrender on Tuesday,” he added.

Two managers of Mojo Bistro and eighteen other staffers were called for questioning on Thursday and had recorded their statements. Pathak (26), was arrested on Saturday afternoon for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, act causing hurt and endangering life and personal safety of others under the Indian Penal Code and for illegal constructions and violations under the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act (MRTP).The names of Pathak and Tuli were added in the FIR after the fire brigade submitted its report stating that the fire originated from the terrace at Mojo Bistro.