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    Published On : Wed, Oct 28th, 2015
    Opinion of the Day | By Nagpur Today Nagpur News

    Was Chhota Rajan’s arrest stage-managed?

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    Strong indications have appeared to suggest that Chhota Rajan’s arrest in Indonesia was planned much in advance by the Indian agencies to avert danger to his life. Rajan was probably taken into custody a week before he was officially shown as arrested on Sunday by the Indonesian police. Even Ex-Mumbai police chief MN Singh said one of the newspapers, “His arrest could have been stage-managed.”

    According to sources, India’s external espionage agency, Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), had alerted the Indonesian government about Rajan’s arrival in Bali as early as on October 12.

    When asked if Rajan arrest was planned in advance by India, minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju said he does not want to comment anything.

    However, sources confided that it was a stage-managed arrest.

    “He (Rajan) probably had got tired of continuously playing a hide-and-seek game with Dawood and wanted to get into the safety net,” said sources.

    A team comprising of IB and R&AW counter-terrorism officials is already in Indonesia to complete the formalities of secure Rajan’s deportation, sources said.

    The preparations for Rajan’s relocation were in the process for over past two months. Apparently, the reason to relocate Rajan became much too necessary to avert danger to his life from Dawood’s henchman Chhota Shakeel.
    Shakeel had already tried to bump off Rajan early this year at Newcastle in Australia and was said to be closing again on him at the new undisclosed location in Australia.

    As Australia became too hot for Rajan to stay, he was coolly whisked away and put on a Garuda Indonesia Airlines from Sydney to Denpasar in Bali.

    Another giveaway indicating that Rajan was constantly on the radar and in touch with Indian agencies is the Indian passport that was issued to Rajan in the name of one Mohan Kumar on July 8, 2008.

    All the parameters of passport number G9273860 issued by the Indian high commission at Sydney, including the photograph, place of birth etc. are correct. The only aberration is the date of birth that should have been December 5, 1957 instead of July 24, 1957.

    The question remains that how one of India’s most wanted fugitive who had Interpol’s red corner notice against him could escape the scrutiny that even takes the finger prints and was issued a passport in the fake name of Mohan Kumar?

    For Indian agencies, Rajan, perhaps, remains one of the best bets to get to India’s most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim. Rajan, who remained a close aide of Dawood for a long time, has knowledge of don’s business interests, trade secrets and operation links in Mumbai, Dubai and Nepal etc. that can come handy to demolish his empire.

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