Mumbai, October 26: Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan is the boss of a major crime syndicate based in India who was arrested on Sunday at Bali airport have fled the country since last two decades.
Rajan was born in Chembur area, suburbs of Mumbai and worked as a lieutenant of fled gangster Dawood Ibrahim.
According to the reports, during his early days Rajan, who was a petty thief worked under Rajan Nair. In 1988 Rajan fled to Dubai after he became a part of organised crime syndicate of Dawood Ibrahim in Mumbai.
Rajan is wanted in many major cases that includes extortion, murder, smuggling, drug trafficking and film finance. He is wanted in 17 murder cases and several more attempt to murder case registered in Mumbai. Read Also: (Underworld gangster Chhota Rajan arrested in Bali, Indonesia: Reports)
According to the reports the fugitive don was arrested on Sunnday, October 26, by the Bali police, Indonesia.
Rajan started his own gang after partying ways from Dawood Ibrahim in 1996 as the duo had problems with the 1993 Bombay serial blasts. Born in a Marathi family, Rajan also tipped about Dawood to India’s Research and Analysis Wing about his network.
Rajan and Arun Gawli had worked together for several years.
In September 2000, Rajan faced severe bullet injuries after, Dawood Ibrahim and his sharp shooter Feroze Kokani tracked him down at Bangkok and shot him. Rajan was shot in a hotel in Bangkok, soon after which had locked himself up in the bathroom.
Rajan’s aide Farid Tanashah died three years ago after which it was belived that the don’s hands went weaker to the o0rganised crime world.
Rajan’s name also appeared in journalist J Dey murder case which took place in 2012. The then Mumbai crime branch chief, Himanshu Roy, said that, seven accuse who were arrestede in the murder of J Dey, were allegedly gangmembers of Chota Rajan.
Last year there were rumours that Rajan died of heart attack, however the news appeared to be false after Rajan called and gave interview to one of the newschannel in Mumbai.
After fleeing from Mumbai, Rajan had spend most of his time in Bangkok, where he was involved in extortion and running a racket of piracy. But recently there were reports that the don had shifted his base from Bangkok to Carneberra, earlier this year.
Following the standard procedures, Indian government had served Interpol red corner notice, and look-out notice were against Rajan a decade ago.
Rajan has failed several other murder attempts made on him in last 15 years.
However on Sunday, the Interpol raised it red-flag when they suspected, Rajan flying from Canaberra to Bali in Indonesia, as reported in a newspaper.
“Bali police arrested Chhota Rajan yesterday (Sunday) at CBI’s request made through Interpol,” the central investigating agency’s Anil Sinha told PTI.
Rajan is married and his family of four members excluding him stays in Bangkok.