Gangster Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje alias Chhota Rajan, who is on the run for over two decades, has been arrested by Indonesian authorities in the popular resort island of Bali, police officials said on Monday. Rajan has been wanted for a series of murders in India.
Acting on a tip-off from Australian police, Indonesian authorities detained Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, alias ‘Chhota Rajan’ on Sunday as he arrived in Bali from Sydney, Bali police spokesman Heri Wiyanto told news agency AFP.
“We received information from police in Canberra yesterday (Sunday) about the red notice for a murderer,” he said, adding,”We arrested the man at the airport yesterday. What we know is that this man was suspected to have carried out 15 to 20 murders in India”.
Bali police was coordinating with Interpol and Indian authorities, Wiyanto said, adding that the gangster in most likelihood will be deported to India.
Meanwhile, back in India, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and CBI Director Anil Sinha also confirmed Rajan’s arrest at the Indonesian airport.
“Bali police arrested Chhota Rajan yesterday (Sunday) at CBI’s request made through Interpol,” said the CBI chief.
CBI chief’s claim was backed by a spokesperson for Australian Federal Police. The Interpol in Canberra had alerted Indonesian authorities “who apprehended Nikalje at the request of Indian authorities,” claimed the Australian official.
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.
The Australian Federal Police had confirmed last month that Rajan was living in Australia under an assumed identity.
(With inputs from agencies)