Intelligence agencies hire Chhota Rajan look-alike for gangster's safety

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Nov 6, 2015, 6:49 pm IST
Updated Mar 27, 2019, 5:18 am IST
The don’s double has been hired to mislead those who want to kill him
Most-wanted gangster Chhota Rajan (Photo: AP)
 Most-wanted gangster Chhota Rajan (Photo: AP)

New Delhi: Intelligence agencies have hired a look-alike of Chhota Rajan, who will be used to accompany the don wherever he is taken in India as a safety measure, according to a sources based media report.

The most-wanted gangster was brought to New Delhi on Friday morning. High drama unfolded at the IGI airport where a large contingent of media persons were waiting to get a glimpse of the don. When media persons followed the car used to take him to the CBI headquarters, it turned out to be a dummy team of special cell officials, while Rajan had been escorted in a similar looking bullet-proof ambassador.

 

Police say that the arrangement was made to avoid chaos and any danger that may have been posed to the life of the don. The threat perception to Chhota Rajan’s life is very high, not only is the D-gang thirsty for his blood, but many former disgruntled members of his own group want to kill him. According to an assessment report, a few politically connected people along with other influential people too, want the don dead.

According to the report, intelligence agencies conducted a frantic search for a look-alike of the don before he arrived in India and pressed him into service as soon as Rajan’s flight landed in Delhi.

 

Sources say whenever Rajan has to be taken anywhere, to a hospital or a court, his double too will be sent there along with identical security. Both men will be covered in masks during any commute and will be heavily guarded by SPG commandoes and cops.

Rajan was arrested on the basis of an Interpol Red Corner notice at Bali airport on October 25 on his arrival from Australia.

His deportation was deferred by a day as the international airport in Bali was shut down due to spewing of volcanic ash from a nearby mountain.

Immediately after his flight took off, Indian Ambassador to Indonesia Gurjit Singh tweeted: "#ChotaRajan deported successfully to India. Delay due to Bali airport closure ends. Thanks Indonesia for support." Rajan is wanted in over 75 crimes ranging from murder, extortion to smuggling and drug trafficking.

 

Mumbai Police has nearly 70 cases registered against Rajan, including 20 of murder, four cases under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, one under Prevention of Terrorism Act and over 20 cases under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act.

Delhi Police has six cases registered against Rajan, who was a close aide of fugitive underworld don Dawood at one point but parted ways before the 1993 Mumbai blasts were conspired.

 

 

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