Yug Tuli, the co-owner of Mojo’s Bistro, where 14 people died on December 29 when a fire broke out at Mumbai’s Kamala Mills compound, has been sent to police custody till January 20 by the Bhoiwada Court. He had surrendered to the NM Joshi Marg police early on Tuesday morning.
Yug Tulli was arrested for culpable homicide not amounting to murder in connection with the fire tragedy. He will be produced before a court later in the day.
The 29-year-old was absconding since his name was included in the FIR on January 6 as one of the people accused. A ‘look out notice’ had also been issued against him at all the airports in the country.
“We have arrested Yug Tuli, after he surrendered before police today at NM Joshi Marg police station,” S Jaykumar, Additional Commissioner of Police ( Central ) told PTI. He will be produced before a court today, he added.
Seeking pre-arrest bail for his client, Tuli’s lawyer contended that the devastating fire at Kamala Mills on December 29 had erupted in from the adjoining 1Above pub. Therefore, the owners of Mojo’s Bistro could not be blamed for the tragedy, he argued.
However, the prosecution said that a report of the Mumbai Fire Brigade, as well as eyewitnesses, said the fire started at Mojo’s Bistro.
Yug Pathak, son of former police commissioner of Pune KK Pathak, and Yug Tuli’s partner at Mojo’s Bistro, was arrested earlier this month. All three owners of 1 Above, the second pub where most of the deaths were reported, were also taken into custody on January 10.