Nepean Sea Road society wants Bahrain Consul General evicted

Fed up with the alleged violent and abusive behaviour of Bahrain Consul General Mohammad Abdul Aziz Al Khaja, the managing committee of the swanky Nepean Sea Road highrise where he lives resolved at its meeting on Saturday to write to the state government to evict him from his apartment, said society members.

The resolution came a day after Al Khaja allegedly ransacked the office of the society manager over a power cut. The manager, a 49-year-old woman, was also allegedly assaulted by Al Khaja on December 9, the police said.

On December 20, a week after a case of molestation was registered at the Malabar Hill police station, Al Khaja once again allegedly became violent. The manager has been given police security, with two constables and two private security guards outside her office. "There was a power cut for a few minutes. He stormed the office but this time, did not touch me. He threw things around and broke a calculator. He also used foul language," the manager said.

Following the incident, an urgent committee member meeting was convened the next day. "We don't want him here anymore, and will write to the state government to evict him. Our lawyer is studying the degree of diplomatic immunity he enjoys and will accordingly frame the letter to the Principal Secretary (Chief Protocol Officer), General Administration Department of the Maharashtra Government," she said.

Al Khaja's fourth floor apartment is owned by the state government and leased out to the Bahrain Consulate. The manager added that Al Khaja was the first diplomat who had created a ruckus there.

"Consul Generals of South Africa and Canada have lived here peacefully in the past. The last two Consul Generals of Bahrain, who lived here before Al Khaja, were nice people," she said.

While the manager is hopeful that the police and the state government will ultimately act against Al Khaja, she admits that both attacks have left her shaken.

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