On Tuesday, Saki Naka police produced 38-year-old Ramesh Bhanushali at Andheri Metropolitan court, which remanded him into police custody for five days for investigation. During their primary probe, police found that Bhanushali had allegedly employed a minor boy in the factory. The boy was one of the 12 victims of the major fire which engulfed the farsan factory on Monday morning.According to police, Bhanushali owned the factory unit situated at Kairani Road in Saki Naka, and had allegedly illegally purchased commercial cylinders. Additionally, cylinders meant for household use were also being used for commercial purposes, which led to the leakage of gas which transformed a minor fire into a major one. The police also found that the factory unit had been converted, illegally, into a resting zone for workers. “The accused did not acquire the requisite licenses for running the factory,” said a senior officer from Saki Naka police station. “The court granted us custody on the grounds that we have to collect documents pertaining to the factory to identify two other victims. We also have to take statements of the two eyewitnesses.”Bhanushali has been arrested under sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 285 (Negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter) and 337 (Causing hurt, endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code and under relevant sections of the BMC Act.ND Reddy, deputy commissioner of police, Zone 10, said, “We are probing to see whether any other person too is involved in the incident and arrests will be made if the role of any other person crops up during investigations.”

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