Published On : Tue, Jan 9th, 2018

Kamala Mills Fire: Hotelier Vishal Kariya Arrested for Sheltering 1Above Pub Owners


Mumbai: A hotelier was arrested today for allegedly sheltering at his suburban residence in Juhu three owners of 1 Above pub wanted in connection with the December 29 Kamala Mills fire that claimed 14 lives, police said.

“Vishal Kariya, who owns hotels and pubs in the city, was placed under arrested after a team of N M Joshi Marg Police picked him for questioning,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Akhilesh Mishra told a news agency.

During investigation, it came to light that 42-year-old Kariya sheltered Kripesh Sanghvi, Jigar Sanghvi and Abhijeet Mankar– the three owners of 1Above pub – at his residence, he said.

Police recovered a high-end car of Mankar, which was found parked at Kariya’s place, he said.

The Sanghvi brothers and Mankar are absconding since December 29 when the fire swept through 1Above and adjacent Mojo’s Bistro resto pub in Kamala Mills compound in central Mumbai.

N M Joshi Marg police station senior inspector Ahmed Pathan said the trio were booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and other offences under various sections of the IPC.

The Mumbai Police also announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for whereabouts about the accused trio, he said.