Human Rights

American journalist claims compensation from Delhi Police

New Delhi: An American journalist, Havel Eliot, whom police mistakenly took to be a car thief, was kicked, beaten with batons and tortured in different ways, has now demanded proper investigation of the police role and claimed a compensation of USD 500,000. He also demanded that police personnel responsible for meting out such treatment to him should be sacked. Police, however, have denied his accusations and said that on 6 October, Eliot, in a drunken condition, had  tried to commit theft and started a ruckus in Jungpura area of Delhi. He had also indulged in fighting with an old driver and a police employee. Eliot, however, who is associated with Delhi-based magazine Caravan and had been working as a freelance journalist for New York Times and Global Post, left for his country on 9 October.


This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 December 2009 on page no. 11

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