Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Kamala Mills fire: Mumbai Police lodges second FIR, pub owner booked

Kamala Mills fire: Mumbai Police lodges second FIR, pub owner booked

On the directions of Brihanmumbai Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta, illegal alterations and constructions were being razed in the Todi Mill and Raghuvanshi Mills areas since this morning, a senior civic official said. At least 14 people were killed and several others injured in India's financial hub Mumbai in the wee hours of Friday, when a fire broke out in a restaurant and spread to other areas in a multi-storey building.

"Just like in the nallah and road fix scam, where we found out who is the corrupt contractor, and who is the corrupt engineer and broke their backs, we will do the same here", Mehta said.

Designated officer of G-south ward Madhukar Shelar, sub-engineer of the ward Dinesh Mahale, Junior Engineer Dhanraj Shinde, Medical Officer of Health of the ward Dr Satish Badgire, and Assistant Divisional Fire Officer S S Shinde are the five suspended. Fire brigade officials today said that it was probing whether flames during a fire stunt by a bartender, burning coal used for hookah or a short circuit led to the tragedy.

A number of fires occurred in eateries and buildings in India previous year mainly due to lack of regards for safety norms and fire-fighting equipment, like hosepipes and alarm systems. "They have been granted bail by a court", the official said.

The police have issued lookout notices against the two co-owners of the rooftop pub in Lower Parel area, where 14 people lost their lives in a fire that erupted during a birthday bash.

The aim of the march, organisers said, is to urge citizens to boycott pub parties and shun fire crackers.

BJP MP Kirit Somaiya said he had asked Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and BMC commissioner to order a special fire audit of all such pubs and hooka parlours in Mumbai.

There have been allegations that the irregularities associated with the construction of the body and the safety rules associated with the fire remain blind. "I share the grief of the families of the victims". Action was taken against illegal encroachments by the famed Wilson Gymkhana, Islam Gymkhana, Catholic Gymkhana and Parsi Gymkhana on Marine Drive in Mumbai.

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