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Mumbai Kamala Mills fire: BMC initiates demolition drive, city police issue lookout notice against all accused

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is also carrying out a demolition drive against unauthorised constructions.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Mumbai [ Updated: December 30, 2017 15:05 IST ]
A view of the charred building in which a fire broke out in
A view of the charred building in which a fire broke out in Mumbai.

A day after fire at Mumbai's Kamala Mills claimed 14 lives and injured several others, the Mumbai Police has issued a lookout notice against all three accused. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is also carrying out a demolition drive against unauthorised constructions.

Confirming the development, a BMC official said that they have pulled down "illegal roofs" of two restaurants-'Skyview Caf' and 'Social' in Kamala Mills and encroachments of 'Pranay' and 'Fumes' and 'Sheesha Sky Lounge' at Raghuvanshi Mills in the same locality.

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday took a stock of the situation and ordered BMC commissioner to conduct an inquiry. Mumbai mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar had said an inquiry had been ordered and strict action would be taken against errant officials.

On Friday, five officials of the Mumbai civic body were suspended and the Mumbai Police booked the owner of the pub for negligence, besides other charges. The police have booked Hratesh Sanghvi, Jigar Sanghvi and Abhijeet Manka of C Grade Hospitality, which manages the pub, along with others, under IPC sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others).

There are allegations that civic authorities turned a blind eye to construction irregularities and violation of fire safety norms in the compound.

The blaze had started after 12.30 am on Friday at the '1 Above' pub on the terrace of Trade House Building in Kamala Mills compound in Lower Parel, a commercial hub, resulting in death of 14 people. Among those killed was Khushbu Bansali, the woman who was celebrating her 29th birthday at '1 Above' pub in upscale Parel's Kamala Mill compound, and several of her friends.

 

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