Chhota Rajan’s deportation delayed as airport closed due to volcanic ash
The deportation of Mumbai’s gangster Chhota Raja has been delayed by a day as the Indonesian airport from where he was to board the plane was temporarily shut due to the presence of volcanic ash in the atmosphere, Interpol said. Earlier reports said Rajan will be deported Tuesday night.
Earlier, in a shocking disclosure, Rajan told media in Bali that some members in the Mumbai Police have links with India’s most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim and he does not trust them.
“Some members of the Mumbai Police are working in tandem with Dawood. I will keep on fighting against terrorism and Dawood. I am not scared of Dawood,” said Rajan, a confidant-turned-rival of Dawood, the prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.
“The government can keep me anywhere, Delhi or Mumbai. But there should be no injustice done to me. All cases against me are false,” said Rajan, who is wanted in over 75 heinous crimes ranging from murder, extortion to smuggling and drug trafficking.
“Mumbai police has been unjust to me. Delhi government taking note of that should do justice to me,” he said.
The Indian team, comprising officers from CBI, Mumbai and Delhi police, arrived in Bali Sunday and they came along with a detailed dossier on 55-year-old Rajan and his involvement in various crimes in India.
The team, for the first time, questioned him Monday in the presence of Indonesian police at the detention center where he has been lodged for the past 10 days.
First Secretary (consular) in the Indian Embassy in Jakarta, Sanjeev Kumar Agrawal, who met Rajan for nearly half an hour Sunday, was also present when the Indian team examined Rajan.
While being taken out of the detention center, Rajan said Dawood is currently hiding in Pakistan under the direct patronage of ISI.
“ISI chhupa rahi hai (ISI is hiding him),” he said.
Mumbai Police has registered 20 murder cases against Rajan, four cases under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, one under Prevention of Terrorism Act and over 20 cases under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act. Delhi Police has got six cases against him.
Rajan, whose original name is Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje, was arrested in Bali on October 25 on the basis of a Red Corner Notice from Interpol and following a tip-off by Australian authorities to the police in Indonesia.
In 2000, there was an attempt on Rajan’s life when Dawood’s men tracked him down to a hotel in Bangkok but he managed a dramatic escape.
Pakistan beefs up security for Dawood
Security of Dawood has been enhanced in Pakistan after the arrest of Chhota Rajan .
Special commandos of the Pakistan Army have been deployed at Dawood’s residences in Karachi and Islamabad where he has been living for more than two decades after the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai, sources said quoting intelligence reports.
The Army commandos were deployed for the security of Dawood in the wake of the arrest of gangster Chhota Rajan in Bali.