Guwahati : Three Assam-based Muslim men, one of them in the Army Medical Corps (AMC), have written to the Taj Group of Hotels accusing their four-star establishment in Guwahati of racial profiling and harassment.
Imran Hussain laskar, Shab Uddin and Zahid Islam Barbhuiyan had checked in to Taj Vivanta on Friday after missing a flight to Delhi because the train from Silchar town had run late.
Racial profiling and harassment at Taj Vivanta
The trio is from Barak Valley in southern Assam. While Mr. Laskar is a non-commissioned officer and working as a dental hygienist in the AMC in Imphal, Manipur, Mr. Uddin owns a college in Badarpur town, near Silchar, and Mr. Barbhuiyan is a teacher.
The three men alleged that they were being followed by Police men and hotel staff right inside the hotel yet they tried avoid them. They even noticed the police and the hotel’s security men watching and following them withing the hotel. About 5 pm, they came down to the reception to ask why the extra bed had not been provided, at that moment the receptionist began misbehaving with the trio.
Complaint against Taj Vivanta of racial profiling and harassment
The CEO even threatened to send them to the prison. When Mr. Laskar tried to record the entire incident, his mobile was snatched. The hotel authorities checked his mobile and found an old video of Asaduddin Owaisi and surmised he was a radical. They confiscated Laskar’s identity card, detained him and sent us to our room,” Mr. Barbhuiyan said.
Racial profiling and harassment complaint against Taj Vivanta, Guwahati
After the interrogation by the police ended at around midnight, the trio were then thanked for their cooperation and then they were left in their respective rooms.
The hotel authorities declined to counter the charges.
The trio said they would surely lodge a complaint with a consumer court and discuss with their lawyers the next course of action.