Mumbai fire: Owners of Mojo Bistro named as accused, one arrested

The massive fire that swept through the pub left 14 people dead and 21 injured. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Jan 06, 2018, 09.53 AM (IST)

The owners of the Mojo Bistro restaurant in Mumbai were on Saturday added as accused in the original First Information Report of the Kamla Mills fire incident. One of them, Yug Pathak, was subsequently arrested.

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The fire brigade investigation report had revealed today that the deadly fire originated from the charcoal embers used for hookah smoking in Mojo's Bistro and then spread to the 1 Above pub on the floor above.

The management of 1-Above had previously claimed that they are being "targeted" and had blamed Mojo's Bistro for not having an emergency exit, leading to overcrowding of the escape avenues at 1 Above.

The fire department report is in contrast to earlier reports that indicated that the fire started at 1 Above.

The police had last week arrested the managers of 1 Above and issued a lookout notice against the owners of the restaurant, the Sanghvi brothers.

The Mumbai police today registered FIR against the owners of Mojo Bistro and 1 Above pubs for alleged illegal construction.

A deadly fire tore through Kamala Mills complex on December 28 which claimed 14 lives and left 21 injured. The majority of those killed were women attending a birthday party at a rooftop restaurant. 

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The fire brigade investigation report had revealed today that the deadly fire originated from the charcoal embers used for hookah smoking in Mojo's Bistro and then spread to the 1 Above pub on the floor above