The three owners of restaurant 1Above at Kamala Mills, where 14 were killed in a blaze on December 29, were remanded to police custody by the metropolitan magistrate’s court till January 17. Kripesh Sanghavi, Jigar Sanghavi and Abhijeet Mankar were arrested last night by the Mumbai Police. While the Sanghvi brothers were arrested from Bandra in suburban Mumbai on late Wednesday evening, Mankar was arrested in wee hours of Thursday.
While seeking custody of the three men produced in Bhoiwada court around 3 pm, the prosecution claimed they were responsible for the loss of lives as owners of the restaurant whose 13 patrons died in the fire. The police further claimed they wanted to confront the three with the arrested accused Yug Pathak, the owner of Mojo’s Bistro, where the fire allegedly began.
Defence advocate for the three accused Kiran Jain said they were not responsible for the fire as it began at Mojo’s Bistro according to a report by the Mumbai Fire Brigade. He further said the three were being framed by the police which had not even named Mojo’s Bistro’s owners in the initial FIR till the fire brigade report was released. The other owner, Yug Tulli, has been absconding and has not been granted an interim relief by a Mumbai court. Earlier, the police had arrested two persons — Kevin Bawa and Libson Lopez — who worked as managers at 1Above pub. The duo have been sent to judicial custody.
The court granted the police the custody of the three men till January 17. They were named as accused in the FIR filed by NM Joshi Marg police on December 30 and were absconding since then.
Meanwhile, the bail application of two managers of 1Above has been rejected by court. Kevin Bava and Lisbon Lopez are currently in judicial custody.
Mankar’s arrest on Thursday was confirmed by Deputy Commissioner of Police Virendra Mishra. At least 14 people were killed in the deadly blaze at Mumbai’s Kamala Mills compound.
The accused were arrested days after the Mumbai Police arrested hotelier and alleged cricket bookie Vishal Kariya who provided workable leads to the Mumbai Police. Kariya is a close family friend of the accused.
Last week, the Mumbai Police had announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for anyone who gave information about Abhijeet Mankar, Kripesh and Jigar Sanghvi. Also Read: Mumbai hotelier sent to police custody for ‘sheltering’ accused