Hyderabad/Nagpur: Yug Tuli, the owner of one of the pubs located in Mumbai’s Kamala Mills compound where a fire killed 14 people, was spotted in Hyderabad yesterday on Tuesaday.
A CCTV grab shows Tuli along with his wife at the Hyderabad airport. It remains unclear what Tuli’s exact intention was, but officers of the Mumbai Police, who checked records at the airport, did not find any evidence of him leaving the country.
Tuli is one of the owners of Mojo’s Bistro, the pub where the deadly January 29 fire broke out, according to the Mumbai Fire Brigade’s report.
Mumbai Police had initially registered a case against the owners of 1 Above, an adjoining pub where all the 14 deaths took place. However, after the fire department’s report the cops also registered a case against the owners of Mojo’s Bistro.
The police have already arrested Yug Pathak, a co-owner of Mojo’s Bistro, and remain on the lookout for the other owners as well as the proprietors of 1 Above.
Tuli was traced to Hyderabad after the Mumbai Police received information about him driving down from Nagpur in Maharashtra to Telengana’s capital city.
A team from the Mumbai Police then flew to Hyderabad in order to arrest him but had to return from the Hyderabad airport empty-handed except for a CCTV grab of Tuli and information that had not flown out of the country.
Tuli’s current location remains untraceable; his application for anticipatory bail will be heard by a court in Mumbai tomorrow.
Meanwhile, 1 Above and Mojo’s Bistro have both blamed each other for the deadly Kamala Mills fire. The owners of 1 Above have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging the Mumbai Police was being lenient with Mojo’s Bistro.
Tuli, on the other hand, in his bail application alleged 1 Above did not follow fire-safety regulations. “It seems the owners of 1Above restaurant are trying to save their skin. They are carrying on the propaganda that the fire has not taken place in their restaurant. They are leaving no stone unturned to divert the attention from them,” Tuli said in his application.