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Kamala Mills fire: Mojo's Bistro pub owners booked for culpable homicide

Kamala Mills fire: Mojo's Bistro pub owners booked for culpable homicide

The Mumbai police filed the case of culpable homicide this morning after the fire department said flying embers from the charcoal used for hookahs touched the curtains at the upscale pub.

Early on 29 December, a massive fire broke out in The Mojo's Bistro and 1Above pubs in the Kamala Trade Towers located within the sprawling 35-acres Kamala Mills Compound in Lower Parel. The restaurant did not have clearance to serve sheesha.

Kamala Mills fire incident which took place at 1 Above and Mojo's Bistro on December 29, 2017, claimed 14 lives.

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The N.M. Joshi Marg police, meanwhile, had arrested the two managers of 1Above, after inquiries revealed that the duo, who were on duty on the fateful day, fled the scene when the fire broke out. Enraged fire at 1Above restaurant compelled people to take shelter in a toilet to protect themselves from fire and smoke, the report added. The fire department report said the pub's bouncer should have guided the stranded people to the emergency escape route which could have saved the life of these people. "There is every possibility that during removal of lighted charcoal from the segree (stove) and or transferring it into Hookah or during the fanning of the charcoal the flying burning embers came in contact with the combustible curtains/decorative material nearby and started the fire", the report stated, according to the Press Trust of India.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Central region) S. Jayakumar said, "We have announced a reward of ₹1 lakh to anyone who provides information on the accused".


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