Gangster Chhota Rajan arrested by Indonesian police

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Wanted for the murders of many people, notorious Indian gangster Chhota Rajan has been arrested by the Indonesian police, a police spokesman said on Monday.

Rajan, 55, whose real name is Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, was arrested on a tip-off from Australian police. He has been on the run for two decades.

Notorious Indian gangster Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, alias Chhota Rajan, has been arrested in Bali, Indonesia, by local police.
Notorious Indian gangster Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, alias Chhota Rajan, has been arrested in Bali, Indonesia, by local police.

Indonesian authorities detained Rajan on Sunday as he arrived in the renowned resort island of Bali from Sydney, Bali police spokesman Heri Wiyanto told AFP.

Interpol had issued a red corner notice against Rajan as a wanted criminal 20 years ago.

“We received information from police in Canberra yesterday (Sunday) about the red notice for a murderer,” Wiyanto said“We arrested the man at the airport yesterday (Sunday). What we know is that this man was suspected to have carried out 15 to 20 murders in India.”

Bali police were coordinating with Interpol and Indian authorities. It was likely that Rajan would be deported to India.

A spokesperson for Australian Federal Police said Interpol in Canberra had alerted Indonesian authorities “who apprehended Nikalje [Rajan] at the request of Indian authorities”.

The police confirmed last month that Rajan was living in Australia under another identity and had been in discussions with Indian authorities, the spokesperson said. He, however, did not provide more details.

According to the Interpol website, Rajan was born in Mumbai and was wanted for multiple charges, including murder and possession and use of illegal firearms.

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