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NRI on hunger strike, says cops harassed kin

Three American Consulate officials on Thursday visited Jyoti Ghag, a non-resident Indian, who is on a hunger strike in Thane protesting the police inaction regarding the alleged harassment of her father (now deceased) and ‘mentally unstable’ brothers.

mumbai Updated: May 20, 2011 01:25 IST
Susamma Kurian

Three American Consulate officials on Thursday visited Jyoti Ghag, a non-resident Indian, who is on a hunger strike in Thane protesting the police inaction regarding the alleged harassment of her father (now deceased) and ‘mentally unstable’ brothers. A citizen of the United States, Ghag has been sitting on a hunger strike since April 28 near the Thane police commissionerate.

Ghag alleged that former Thane police commissioners, D Sivanandhan and Anil Dhere, did not take proper action against her sister-in-law Sushma Ghag and her other relatives.

“Sushma, my brother Paresh’s wife, along with my sister Meena Shirke, her husband Vilas Shirke and my cousins, Ketan Ghag and Rohini Sawant, physically abused my father Atmaram Ghag and harassed my mentally unstable brothers — Manish and Paresh. They have filed false cases against me and my brothers in collusion with the local police officials,” said Ghag.

Jyoti added that she had to shuttle between Washington, where her husband is an executive at Microsoft, and Mumbai to get justice for her brothers. According to Ghag, this has been done to claim her father’s property.

Jyoti Ghag has filed a writ petition. She said she had met several ministers and senior police officials but to no avail. The consulate officials, she said, came after a passerby informed them about her plight.

“I am happy that representatives from my government came to meet me. They said they would conduct a thorough probe. But I am saddened by the response of the state government,” Ghag said.