NHRC notice to Mumbai police over brutality with Canadian businessman

New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission has issued notice to Mumbai police and two lawyers following a complaint from a Canadian businessman alleging harassment by police personnel, including two senior officers of the department who allegedly acted on the directions of a local businessman.

Confirming the news, the commission said on Tuesday that Alnoor Jamal, a Canadian senior citizen of Indian origin, had a dispute with a local businessman named Shobhit Rajan in respect of the Parke Davis property -- now called Rajaskaran Tech Park in the city.

The complainant, in his petition to the NHRC, has stated that on the instructions of Rajan, Mumbai police officer of Khar and Marine Drive police stations, along with Rajan's two lawyers, raided Jamal's hotel room in South Mumbai. The incident happened on August 29, 2013.

Jamal had earlier petitioned the PMO which had referred the matter to the Maharashtra government for inquiry.

The complainant, in his petition, has also stated that the police personnel and the lawyers threatened him and his wife, coaxed them to settle the dispute with Rajan on the latter's terms or face immediate arrest.

According to NHRC, notice was issued last week to Mumbai police and the two lawyers with a demand that they respond within four weeks.

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