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Chhota Rajan (centre) was detained in Bali, Indonesia, on 22 October. Photo: AFP
Chhota Rajan (centre) was detained in Bali, Indonesia, on 22 October. Photo: AFP

Chhota Rajan deportation likely in two days

A multi-agency team of CBI and Mumbai Police have reached Indonesia and completed necessary paper work for the gangster's deportation

New Delhi: Underworld gangster Chhota Rajan is expected to be brought from Indonesia, where he was detained on 22 October, to India on Tuesday or Wednesday, top government officials said.

A multi-agency team from India, comprising officials from intelligence agencies, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Mumbai Police, reached Indonesia on Sunday. The Indian team has completed all the necessary paper work with the Indonesian home department for Rajan’s deportation.

“From our side we have more or less completed all the formalities in terms of paper work with the concerned authorities in Indonesia and they seem to be satisfied with it," one government official said on condition of anonymity.

The Indian team is carrying a detailed dossier on the 60-odd cases against Rajan, ranging from murder and attempted murder to extortion.

“Now the home department there has to issue an executive order to deport Rajan to India, which would be presented to the court in Bali where Rajan is in judicial custody," the official said.

Indian authorities have information that Rajan, who was arrested by Bali police on a Red Corner Notice issued by Interpol, is unlikely to resist deportation, he said, adding that Rajan will be flown to India on a commercial flight.

Another official, who also did not wish to be identified, said both the Indian team as well Rajan have been provided adequate security cover.

“Even the Indian team is being accompanied by some commandos from Delhi Police so that there are no security issues in bringing back the gangster," the official added without elaborating on the security aspects.

Meanwhile, central intelligence agencies have informed the government that the Pakistan Army has “considerably scaled up" security for Dawood Ibrahim, one of India’s most wanted terrorists, at his Karachi and Islamabad hideouts. Chhota Rajan is a former associate of Dawood who turned against him.

The intelligence agencies have also confirmed that the Pakistan Army has increased security for Hafiz Saeed, chief of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa and the suspected mastermind behind the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

“As of now it is difficult to say whether the Pakistan Army’s move is linked to the Chhota Rajan episode or not. We are trying to analyse the inputs but we have concrete information confirming that security for both Dawood and Hafiz Saeed has been increased considerably. This yet again confirms that Dawood is present in Pakistan," the first official quoted above said.

Arun Bhagat, a former chief of the Intelligence Bureau, reckoned that the Pakistan Army may have reinforced Dawood Ibrahim and Hafiz Saeed’s security fearing some kind of covert operation against them by Indian agencies after Rajan’s arrest.

“Both Dawood and Hafiz Saeed are important assets for the Pakistan Army and the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) for spreading terror activities in India. So Pakistani agencies keep reviewing their security at regular intervals and may be anticipating some kind of operation against Dawood and Hafiz Saeed in the wake of Rajan’s arrest," Bhagat said.

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