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Kamala Mills fire: Mumbai police form six teams to trace Mojo’s Bistro’s owner, his wife

Mumbai police teams have been deployed outside Tuli’s ancestral properties, family homes and hotels in Delhi, Nagpur and Amritsar

mumbai Updated: Jan 15, 2018 10:50 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
Kamala Mill fire,Mojo’s Bistro,1Above
The blaze on December 29 killed 14 and injured 55.(HT File)

The NM Joshi Marg police have formed three teams to trace Mojo’s Bistro’s owner Yug Tuli, in connection with the Kamala Mills fire that killed 14 people and injured 55. The teams have been deployed to Tuli’s ancestral properties, family homes and hotels in Delhi, Nagpur and Amritsar.

“We have formed three more teams to trace Tuli’s wife Pritina, who is from Nepal. As she has a British passport, we will be able to trace her faster,” said Ahmad Pathan, senior inspector, NM Joshi Marg police.

Tuli and Pritina had married just 15 days before the fire, said officials.

“We suspect that the couple has fled to Delhi or Amritsar, where Tuli has ancestral properties. We might book Pritina under section 216 of Indian Penal Code for harbouring a fugitive,” said a police officer.

The police said that on January 5 — the day the fire department submitted a report saying the blaze originated at Mojo’s Bistro — Pritina’s mother caught a flight to Delhi.

An officer said Tuli and Pritina had dropped her off at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj domestic airport. As news channels began reporting the fire department’s findings, the couple left for Hyderabad in a high-end vehicle at 9.30pm — an hour after the report was released.

In the meantime, NM Joshi Marg police arrested Mojo’s Bistro co-owner Yug Pathak.

On January 6, CCTV cameras captured Tuli’s SUV — a Jeep Compass Limited 2.0D — speeding at Cyberabad near Hyderabad.

Tuli was seated inside the car, which the police seized later. Officials said they issued an e-challan of Rs1,435 to Tuli’s mother Navjyot Kaur, as the car was registered in her name. “The car was bought two-and-a-half months ago.,” said a police officer. The officer said Pritina had booked a ticket on a Delhi-Nagpur flight on Monday, but did not board it.

We made a mistake, Sanghvi brothers tell police

1Above restaurant owners Kripesh and Jigar Sanghvi and their partner, Abhijit Mankar, admitted to having renovated their eatery and said they repented their decision on Saturday. “Galti hogaya (we have made a mistake) sir,” the three said repeatedly, while being questioned by the NM Joshi Marg police. On January 11, the three were remanded in police custody till January 17.

Cops seeking civic body’s NOC, rent docus

After interrogating those arrested in connection with the Kamala Mills fire, in which 14 were killed, the NM Joshi Marg police now plan to question Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the fire department officials who gave 1Above and Mojo’s Bistro a no-objection certificate (NOC)to carry on renovation work. The officials said the accused have failed to hand over documents relating to rental agreement of 1Above and Mojo’s Bistro. They have also not handed over the civic body’s NOCs regarding their renovations.“We are trying to seize the documents, after which we will call the BMC and fire officials for questioning,” said Ahmed Pathan, senior inspector, NM Joshi Marg police station.

First Published: Jan 15, 2018 09:06 IST