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: 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 Mumbai police have applied all possible methods to nail the owners of 1Above pub Hitesh Sanghavi, his brother Jigar Sanghvi and their partner Abhijeet Mankar – the accused in Kamala Mills fire tragedy that killed over two dozen people on December 29. But the trio is still on the run. The investigators are working on crucial leads obtained from the Byculla house of Sanghavi brothers.

The sources told the Free Press Journal that Sanghavi brothers were present at Kamala Mills compound when the fire broke out inside the pub but’the duo left for their house in Byculla after they learnt the fire tragedy is fatal and death toll could go up. “The cell phone tower data confirms that Sanghavi brothers were present there (at Kamala Mills compound) and later they reached their house (in Byculla). Their last locations were traced at their house and then their cell phones are switched off,” said an officer privy to the investigation.

The source told the Free Press Journal that the footages of CCTV cameras installed at Sanghvi brothers’ building and adjacent areas have been acquired to check the time they left from their house, what mode of transport the duo took and to where they headed to escape arrest.

The investigators have not revealed what mode of transport Sanghavi bothers took outside their house to be on the run but the nearest railway station from their house is Byculla where the duo might have reached and boarded a train. The CCTV footage of Byculla station was also scrutinised but the probe team refused to divulge any details.

However, the investigators are confident enough to say that the absconders are still hiding somewhere in Mumbai and have not left the city for any other state or abroad. With the help of traffic police, the investigators are thoroughly scrutinising the CCTV cameras installed at all the roads leading to Sanghavi brothers’ house in Byculla.

Meanwhile, the Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC), Property Cell, Cyber Cell, several units of Crime Branch, etc of Mumbai police have been activated to trace the accused. The sources have confirmed that the absconders will apply for anticipatory bail next week. “We are trying our best to arrest the trio before they move anticipatory bail application in the court,” a senior IPS officer told the Free Press Journal.

On Tuesday, the father of third accused Mankar was brought to Mumbai from Pune. After nearly 15 hours quizzing, Mankar’s father kept telling police that he is unaware of the whereabouts of his son. The investigation is being closely monitored by high ranking officials of Mumbai police. The AEC has been roped in into the probe because its officials know every trick to intercept the call.

The footages of CCTV cameras of various locations including Sanghvi brothers’ house, railway stations, domestic and international airports, all the roads leading to Byculla house of absconding brothers, etc have been scrutinized. “More than 350 CCTV footage have been scrutinized. We are working on various other aspects to trace them,” an officer said.

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