Jigar Sanghvi and Kripesh Sanghvi, who co-owned the 1Above pub, who have been on the run for over 12 days and who were wanted in relation to the 29 December Kamala Mills fire which was responsible for the death of 14 people were finally apprehended by the police. During investigation, it came to light that 42-year-old Kariya sheltered Kripesh Sanghvi, Jigar Sanghvi and Abhijeet Mankar- the three owners of 1 Above pub - at his residence, he said.
All have been booked under the stringent IPC law pertaining to culpable homicide not amounting to murder, among other charges.
Earlier, police arrested Yug K. Pathak, the son of a retired DGP-rank IPS officer and the co-owner of The Mojo's Bistro. The third accused, Abhijit Mankar, is still untraceable. The Joint Commissioner of Police (law and order) Deven Barti told the Times of India that a trap was laid for the duo as they had found out that they are going to meet a senior lawyer.
The Sanghvi brothers were arrested from the Andheri area here, Additional Commissioner of Police S Jaikumar said.
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The breakthrough became possible after hotelier Vishal Kariya, who had harboured them at his Juhu residence, was arrested.
The Sanghvi brothers were absconding since December 29 when the fire swept through "1 Above" and adjacent "Mojo's Bistro" resto-pub in Kamala Mills compound in central Mumbai.
Mumbai's fire department, in its report, said that a lit charcoal used in a hookah at Mojo's Bistro Restaurant caused the blaze, which then spread to "1 Above" pub. The police has also stated that the two could have valid information about the location of Mankar.