Underworld don Chhota Rajan is set to be brought back to India “as soon as possible”, claimed the Ministry of External and Home Affairs on Friday. Gangster Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje alias Chhota Rajan was arrested by Indonesian authorities earlier this week in Bali. Rajan, once an accomplice of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, has been on the run for over two decades.
“We are in touch with the Ministry of Home Affairs. Both Ministry of External Affairs and Home Affairs are working together to ensure that we bring him back to India as early as possible,” Spokesperson for External Affairs Vikas Swarup told the Press on Friday.
The arrest of Chhota Rajan was confirmed by the Indonesian authorities in Bali earlier this week on Sunday. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and CBI Director Anil Sinha had also confirmed Rajan’s arrest at the Indonesian airport.
According to the Indonesian police, Rajan was apprehended as soon as he landed on their soil after boarding a flight from Sydney. The police also claimed to have received a tip-off from Australian police. Soon after his arrest, the Bali police got in touch with Interpol and Indian authorities. The Australian Federal Police had confirmed last month that Rajan was living in Australia under an assumed identity.
Born in Mumbai, Rajan is wanted for multiple charges including murder, possession and use of illegal firearms. He is suspected of carrying out 15 to 20 murders in India. In 2000, there was an attempt on his life when Dawood Ibrahim’s men tracked him down to a hotel in Bangkok but he managed to escape through the hotel’s roof.
55-year-old Rajan, who is reported to be the number 2 gangster operating in India, has been on the run for two decades. Even the Interpol had flagged him as a wanted man back in 1995.
(With inputs from the PTI)