Pub flouted fire safety norms, say cops: THE "1 Above" pub, where a massive blaze killed 14 people, did not follow fire safety norms and violated regulations on encroachment with obstructions blocking its emergency exit, police and civic officials said on Friday.
BJP MP Kirit Somaiya said he had asked Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and BMC commissioner to order a special fire audit of all such pubs and hooka parlours in Mumbai. Meanwhile, the BMC suspended five of its officials.
The aim of the march, organisers said, is to urge citizens to boycott pub parties and shun fire crackers.
There have been allegations that the irregularities associated with the construction of the body and the safety rules associated with the fire remain blind. Witnesses said the entire building was engulfed in flames in less than half-an-hour.
The doctor who performed the postmortems said that all the 14 deaths were due to suffocation. Once a sprawling mill, Kamala Mills emerged as a premiere office destination and also a popular hangout place, comprising of various restaurants and pubs, in the last decade.
Sulbha Arora, a Mumbai doctor, said she was at the restaurant when the fire broke out.
National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) said it would convene a meeting to explore possible avenues for improving and strengthening fire safety measures. She was called insensitive and many wondered how overpopulation is the cause of Kamala Mills fire. "Anguished & angry at apathy that caused Mumbai tragedy. I pray that those injured recover quickly", he said. "So obviously there has been negligence".
The Shiv Sena MP has demanded a judicial inquiry into the incident, wherein 11 of the dead were women.
Among the latest victims were brothers Dhairya and Vishwa Lalani, both in their 20s, who had gone to the restaurant for dinner. "They are responsible for this incident", he told reporters. It also took action against leading gymkhanas like Catholic, Parsi, Wilson, Islam, Jolly; restaurants like Khyber, Zaffran, Shalimar, Nityanand, Sahil, Faasos, Lady Baga, The Fatibo, Grandmaa Café, Junk Yard, Woodland and hotels like Peninsula, Orchid International and Ozone, Retreat.