Indian police arrest 3 owners for deadly fire

NEW DELHI (Xinhua) – Indian police have finally arrested three owners of a restaurant in financial capital Mumbai, where a deadly midnight fire last month claimed the lives of at least 14 people and injured scores.

“While two owners of 1 Above rooftop restaurant, Jigar Sanghvi and Kripesh Sanghvi, were held late Wednesday night, the third owner, Abhijeet Mankar, was arrested early this morning,” a senior police official said yesterday.

Just days back, Mumbai Police announced a bounty of 100,000 Indian rupees on the heads of the trio who have been booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and were on the run since the fire on December 29.

The blaze erupted at the 1 Above rooftop restaurant just after midnight at a building in the popular Kamala Mills shopping compound.

Within minutes, the fire engulfed the entire structure, trapping many inside.

Police earlier arrested two managers of the pub for fleeing the spot without helping customers who were trapped after the fire engulfed the restaurant.

Fires are common in eateries and buildings in India, mainly because of lack of regards for safety norms and fire-fighting equipment like hosepipes and alarm systems. A number of lives are lost every year in fire incidents in this country.