A hotelier was arrested on Tueseday evening for allegedly sheltering at his suburban residence in Juhu three owners of the 1 Above pub wanted in connection with the Kamala Mills fire that claimed 14 lives last month, police said.
Two weeks after the fire tragedy, the pub owners -- Hitesh Sanghvi, Jigar Sanghvi and Abhijeet Mankar -- continue to evade arrest despite the police widening its dragnet and issuing lookout notices for them.
Police on January 1 had arrested Sanghvi brothers uncle Rakesh Sanghvi and cousin Aditya Sanghvi, both residents of Mazgaon in south Mumbai, for allegedly sheltering them. The duo were later released on bail by a local court.
Police today arrested Vishal Kariya, who owns hotels and pubs in the city, after questioning him in connection with the whereabouts of the trio.
Police recovered a high-end car belonging to Mankar from Kariyas place.
"Vishal Kariya, who owns hotels and pubs in the city, was placed under arrest after a team of N M Joshi Marg Police picked him for questioning," Deputy Commissioner of Police Akhilesh Mishra told PTI.
During investigation, it came to light that 42-year-old Kariya had sheltered the three owners at his residence, he said.
The Sanghvi brothers and Mankar are absconding since December 29 when the fire swept through the 1 Above pub and the adjacent Mojos Bistro resto pub in Kamala Mills compound in central Mumbai.