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The sessions court today began hearing arguments of the accused arrested in connection with the Kamala mills fire case. Lawyers for the eight arrested accused argued for bail to their clients.
The accused also contended that a major part of the investigation was over and sought bail, promising they would abide by any condition laid down by the court. Most of the accused argued that section 304(II) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) had been applied wrongly in the case and the accused were chargeable for the less serious offence of causing death due to negligence. The advocate of one of the accused said that bouncers of the eatery '1 Above' had asked the guests not to leave the washroom, and those who were inside died due to suffocation, and none died due to burn injuries. The prosecution will begin its argument tomorrow. On December 29, a massive fire had swept through two rooftop pubs, 'Mojo's Bistro' and '1 Above', located in Kamala Mills compound, resulting in the death of 14 people. It was alleged that flying embers from hookahs, served illegally at 'Mojo's Bistro', started the blaze, and illegal alterations at both the pubs aggravated the tragedy.