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Mojo’s Bistro owner sent to five-day police custody

Mumbai: A court here today remanded Yug Pathak, the son of a retired IPS officer and one of the owners of the Mojo’s Bistro pub, to a five-day police custody in connection with the deadly fire at the compound here on 29 December, which had claimed 14 lives.

Pathak, the son of retired director general of police and former police commissioner KK Pathak, was arrested yesterday.

On Friday, the Mumbai Fire Brigade, in its preliminary probe report on the fire, which had engulfed Mojo’s Bistro and the adjacent 1 Above at the compound in Lower on 29 December, had said the blaze possibly started at Mojo’s Bistro due to the flying embers of a hookah.

Pathak was produced at the Bhoiwada court in Dadar, which remanded him to police custody till 12 January, a senior police official said.

“We sought his custody for further probe into the fire incident and to find out whether all the safety precautions and norms were followed by the pub,” he added.

The police had yesterday booked Pathak and his partner, Nagpur-based businessman Yug Tulli, under IPC sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life and personal safety of others) and other relevant provisions.

The police had recorded Pathak’s statement in the case earlier.

The names of Pathak and Tulli were added to the FIR, which was lodged on 29 December against the owners of 1 Above Kripesh Sanghvi, Jignesh Sanghvi and Abhijeet Mankar.

Earlier, the police had arrested two managers of 1 Above in connection with the fire.

The police have also announced a reward of Rs one lakh for any information about the three owners, who are on the run.

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