In an apparent volte-face, Indian gangster Chotta Rajan, who's been nabbed in Bali, Indonesia after absconding for two decades, said he never wanted to surrender and wants to return to India.
Reports yesterday suggested he wanted to go to Zimbabwe as he wanted to escape Indian authorities and also feared for his life from Pakistan-based gangster, Dawood Ibrahim's, men.
The sensational arrest of Rajan, who is wanted in 75 heinous crimes ranging from murder, extortion to smuggling and drug trafficking, has triggered intense speculation that it was part of a "deal" with Indian security agencies. the arrest of the gangster, who is wanted in over
"I never surrendered. I want to go back to India. Don't want to go to Zimbabwe," the one-time trusted aide of terrorist and crime boss Dawood Ibrahim told reporters.
Rajan, one of India's most wanted gangsters, was arrested in this popular Indonesian tourist destination on a Red Corner Notice issued by Interpol after eluding law enforcement agencies for over two decades.
Out of these 75 cases, Rajan is facing four cases under Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA), one under Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) and over 20 cases under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).
Indian security agencies are likely to send a team of officials here to bring back the gangster who is in custody since Sunday.
The sources are tight-lipped about the exact arrangements to bring him back because of security concerns arising out of his fierce rivalry with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his gang.
They said agencies are working on more than one plan to bring back 55-year-old Rajan, once known as Dawood's right hand man, factoring various permutations and combinations.
Rajan was travelling with the identity of Mohan Kumar with passport number G9273860 when he was apprehended at the airport here, after arriving there on a Garuda Indonesia flight GA715, by the Indonesian Police on a tip off from Australian authorities, they said.
The sources said Rajan was in touch with various police officials for last six months seeking a passage to return to India as he feared for his life in Australia from Chhota Shakeel, a henchman of Dawood.
In 2000, there was an attempt on his life when Dawood's men tracked him down to a hotel in Bangkok but he managed a dramatic escape through the hotel's roof.
According to serving and former police officers, who have dealt with the Mumbai underworld, arrest of Rajan is a major success and his questioning is expected to shed light on hitherto unknown facts related to cases linked to his syndicate.
(With inputs from PTI)
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