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Chhota Rajan Brought to Delhi, Taken to CBI Headquarters: 10 Developments

NEW DELHI:  Chhota Rajan, one of India’s most wanted men, was brought to Delhi from Indonesia from where he was deported last evening. The gangster, who was arrested in Bali over a week ago after a two-decade-long international manhunt, has been taken to the CBI headquarters where he is likely to be formally arrested.
Here are 10 developments in the story:
  1. 55-year-old Rajan, whose real name is Rajendra Nikalje, was brought to Delhi in a special chartered aircraft which landed around 5 this morning.
  2. A convoy carrying Rajan left the airport nearly 45 minutes later. One of the cars – a white ambassador with tinted windows – was reportedly a decoy to distract attention as journalists jostled to catch a glimpse of the gangster.
  3. Around 6:15 am, Rajan reached the CBI headquarters, escorted by special commandos and SWAT team.
  4. Ahead of his return, the Maharashtra government, in a surprise move, said that all the cases against Rajan have been transferred to the CBI.
  5. Rajan’s return had been delayed as a volcanic eruption near Bali had disrupted flights and forced the airport to shut down.
  6. The gangster had been living incognito in Australia, but fearing his enemies would find him, was able to fly to Bali where he was arrested without resistance on October 25, according to news reports.
  7. Rajan is wanted for over 70 cases of murder, extortion and drug trafficking in Mumbai.
  8. All those cases have been transferred to the CBI, which means Rajan will be taken to Delhi and not Mumbai.
  9. Rajan has reportedly conveyed to Indian officials his reluctance to go to Mumbai because of threats from underworld don and terrorist Dawood Ibrahim, his former boss turned enemy.
  10. Rajan and Dawood were close aides until they fell out after the 1993 Mumbai blasts, which Dawood was accused of masterminding. There have been several attempts on Rajan’s life by Dawood’s gang-members.

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