Mumbai: Managers of pub ‘1 Above’ Kevin Bawa and Lisbon Lopez sent to judicial custody till January 22 by the Bhoiwada court. In the wake of fire, BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta has asked all hotels and restaurants to do self fire safety audits in their premises or the BMC will take tough action.
In his PIL, the retired IPS officer has sought the constitution of a judicial enquiry commission into the Kamala Mills Compound fire which broke out in The Mojo’s Bistro and spread to 1Above and other adjoining rooftop establishments, trapping 14 to their death and injuring 55 others.
“I have also sought a compulsory fire audit of all pubs, restaurants, hotels and eateries all over the city to avoid recurrence of similar tragedies,” Ribeiro told a news agency after filing the PIL through his lawyer Sujay Kantawala.
A Mumbai Fire Brigade probe found that the blaze started in The Mojo’s Bistro due to burning embers from illegal hookahs being served to patron, and spread to other premises.
The Mumbai Police later arrested three persons, including two managers of 1Above pub, Kevin Bawa and Lisbon Lopez, and have announced a reward for the three absconding owner-partners of the pub (1Above).
On 6 January, the police arrested Yug K. Pathak, the co-owner of The Mojo’s Bistro and son of former DGP-level retired IPS officer K.K. Pathak.
All have been booked under the stringent IPC law pertaining to culpable homicide not amounting to murder, among other charges.