The NM Joshi Marg police have formed three teams to trace Mojo’s Bistro’s owner Yug Tuli, in connection with the Kamala Mills fire that killed 14 people and injured 55. The teams have been deployed to Tuli’s ancestral properties, family homes and hotels in Delhi, Nagpur and Amritsar.
“We have formed three more teams to trace Tuli’s wife Pritina, who is from Nepal. As she has a British passport, we will be able to trace her faster,” said Ahmad Pathan, senior inspector, NM Joshi Marg police.
Tuli and Pritina had married just 15 days before the fire, said officials.
“We suspect that the couple has fled to Delhi or Amritsar, where Tuli has ancestral properties. We might book Pritina under section 216 of Indian Penal Code for harbouring a fugitive,” said a police officer.
The police said that on January 5 — the day the fire department submitted a report saying the blaze originated at Mojo’s Bistro — Pritina’s mother caught a flight to Delhi.
An officer said Tuli and Pritina had dropped her off at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj domestic airport. As news channels began reporting the fire department’s findings, the couple left for Hyderabad in a high-end vehicle at 9.30pm — an hour after the report was released.
In the meantime, NM Joshi Marg police arrested Mojo’s Bistro co-owner Yug Pathak.
On January 6, CCTV cameras captured Tuli’s SUV — a Jeep Compass Limited 2.0D — speeding at Cyberabad near Hyderabad.
Tuli was seated inside the car, which the police seized later. Officials said they issued an e-challan of Rs1,435 to Tuli’s mother Navjyot Kaur, as the car was registered in her name. “The car was bought two-and-a-half months ago.,” said a police officer. The officer said Pritina had booked a ticket on a Delhi-Nagpur flight on Monday, but did not board it.