Bahrain envoy accused of assaulting housing society manager leaves India

Under fire for assaulting the manager of a Nepean Sea Road housing society, Bahrain's consul general in Mumbai, Mohammad Abul Aziz Al Khaja, left the country on Friday following pressure from the Indian government, officials said.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had asked Bahrain's ambassador in Delhi to explain Al Khaja's behaviour after an FIR was lodged at Malabar Hill police station on December 13, four days after the diplomat allegedly assaulted the 49-year-old woman manager of the housing society. Another complaint was lodged on Thursday after Al Khaja allegedly threatened to kill the victim. He could not be arrested as he enjoyed diplomatic immunity.

A senior MEA official said, "We handle such cases promptly and in an appropriate manner, mindful of both our rights and obligations under the Vienna Conventions. We had communicated with Bahrain's mission and expressed our views candidly. Bahrain has taken action as it considered appropriate."

Police officers confirmed that Al Khaja had left the country. "Senior officers of the Bahrain embassy came to Mumbai on Friday and escorted Al Khaja out of the country," Krishna Prakash, additional commissioner of police (south) said.

Al Khaja, who lived on the fourth floor of the apartment complex, allegedly first abused the manager and several members of the society in July 2010, after a power cut, according to a complaint filed by the victim.

The police said that on December 9, Al Khaja got into an argument with the victim following another power cut, which left the elevators

non-functional.

He has been booked for shoving the manager in the course of the argument and ransacking her office.

Al Khaja allegedly abused and ransacked her office again on December 20 following another power cut. The manager was later provided with police protection on her request. This last incident proved to be the final straw for the society, whose managing committee convened an urgent meeting the next day and resolved to write to the state government to ask Al Khaja to vacate his apartment. The diplomat's departure has come as a huge relief to the manager. "This is great news, although we haven't yet been officially informed. The government had to act against him. For the past month, I have experienced mental trauma. I am leaving on a vacation with my family and want to forget about this," she said.

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