Kamala Mills Fire: Third co-owner of 1Above pub arrested

Mumbai Police on Thursday morning arrested Abhijit Mankar, a co-owner of 1Above Pub in Kama Mills where a fire last month killed 14 people.

The three partners of the pub, Kripesh Sanghavi, Jigar Sanghavi and Abhijeet Mankar, were on the run after the police charged them with a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. The Sanghavis were arrested on Wednesday and Abhijeet Mankar got arrested this Thursday.

Accusing the police of “destroying the evidence on site and making false reports”, the owners of 1Above pub had written to the President, Prime Minister, Chief Minister, Mumbai Police commissioner and the Chief of the cities civic body, demanding the case to be investigated by the central Bureau of Investigation.

The police on Tuesday arrested Vishal Karya, for allegedly helping Mankar escape arrest.

Initially, the police had filed a case against the 1Above pub management but later after the investigation they added the names of the owners of Mojo’s Bistro. Mojo’s Bistro pub is located on the rooftop of a building in Kamal Mills compound.

According to the fire department, the fire started at Mojo Bistro after the charcoal used for hookah set the curtains of the pub ablaze and spread to 1Above pub. Mojo’s Bistro did not have clearance to serve hookah and both the restaurants structures were not built in accordance with fire safety norms.