Mumbai: The Mumbai Police on Friday announced a cash reward for information on the three absconding accused booked in connection with the fire at 1Above pub in Kamala Mills.
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.”
The fire, which broke out in the early hours of December 29, engulfed the pub, and resulted in the death of 14 people, including a 28-year-old girl, who was there to celebrate her birthday.
The N.M. Joshi Marg police booked Kripesh Sanghavi, Jigar Sanghavi, and Abhijeet Mankar of Sigrid Ospitalia, which runs 1Above, for culpable homicide not amounting to murder under the Indian Penal Code.
The police had issued red corner notices against the trio to prevent them from fleeing the country. The police have even questioned several people on the possible whereabouts of the accused, but in vain. The Byculla police had arrested three relatives of the Sanghvis for allegedly shielding the accused, and helping them go on the run after the case was registered against them. All the three were granted bail.
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.
“We have recorded statements of 40 survivors, who have all confirmed the gross negligence on part of the owners,” an officer with the N.M. Joshi Marg police