Kamala Mills fire: After fire officer's arrest, colleagues threaten mass resignation

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 22, 2018, 11.24 AM (IST)

About 140 officers from the Mumbai Fire Brigade are likely to resign in protest over the arrest of fire officer RB Patil for granting NOC o both 1-Above and Mojo Bistro. 

The officers are said to meet chief fire officer PS Rahangsale on Monday evening to discuss the matter, media reports said. 

A fire officer who is a member of Fire Brigade officer’ association said, "We grant NOCs on conditions and if the owners are following fire norms is work of the ward office. It's not correct to put all blame on non-compliance on fire officers. We are firefighters our job is on the field and not clerical.”

Patil was arrested by the Mumbai Police on Sunday regardless of numerous issues over the construction of the two restaurants. 

"The fire brigade official gave a NOC despite knowing the illegal developments and fire safety hazards involved," said a police officer. "Bhandari made clear violations by not acquiring several permissions from government agencies before letting out the properties to 1 Above and Mojo's Bistro," the police said on Sunday. 

Media reports say that Patil has been booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder among other sections of the Indian Penal Code