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RAW- Chhota Rajan nexus against Pakistan

Mohammad Jamil
Mohammad Jamil

According to Indian media, on 7th September 2016, gangster and terrorist Chota Rajan told a Delhi court via video conference from Delhi’s Tihar Jail that he was given a fake passport in the name of “Mohan Kumar” by Indian intelligence agencies to carry out clandestine operations/terrorist acts. The classified US diplomatic cables, leaked by Wikileaks have already exposed Rajan for reporting to the head of RAW’s Special Operations Cell, who was arrested in Bali by Indonesian police on 25th October 2015. It had caused a huge set back to Doval, RAW and IB. Reportedly, Doval had tasked Sanjeev Kumar Agarwal who was the Consular at Indian Embassy in Jakarta for safe and secure handling of Rajan and to provide him a new passport with different name. In a rather dramatic, yet well organized move, Rajan had been extradited to New Delhi on 6th November 2015 under special protection.
To secure his asset, Doval had taken Rajan’s custody under his own supervision at Delhi to halt Delhi police and CBI inquiry. This tactical move had been made to keep RAW’s terrorism network functional. Moreover, Indian media reported that the IB and particularly RAW, had in the past used Rajan against Pakistan. A news item appearing in Times of India asserted that a senior official of IB, who currently holds a senior post in the government, was also aware of RAW-Rajan nexus against Pakistan. According to intelligence sources, the arrested Indian spy Kulboshan Yadav also made startling revelations about the activities of Rajan Gang in Pakistan/ Afghanistan. Pakistani authorities have also collected supplementary evidences from the leads provided by Yadav. These sources have further disclosed that the government of Pakistan is pondering to share information about Rajan Gang links with the terrorist elements of RAW and NDS of Afghanistan.
This gang has not only been operating in Balochistan but a strong presence of the gang members has also been discovered in Afghanistan and other SAARC countries. India’s National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval has highly objectionable background and even more alarming current profile of activities, is a constant and clear threat to the regional peace and security, particularly Pakistan. There is one theory that the arrest may have been stage-managed by Rajan himself as he wanted to return to India due to his ill health and feared being killed by rival Chhota Shakeel. “By December 2014, Rajan virtually had no members in his gang, and was in touch with some people from Uttar Pradesh and other states to get men for conducting any clandestine operation temporarily.
This state of affairs was a far cry from the year 1998, when Rajan was detained in Thailand while travelling on a fictitious passport, but he walked out within a day. Sources said the Union home ministry as well as the security agencies were not interested in getting him extradited. But who is Chhota Rajan? His real name is Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje, better known by his gangster name Chhota Rajan. He was born to a mill worker in Mumbai and started as a petty criminal in 1980s. Soon he came in contact with Rajan Nair (his mentor who was also known as Bada Rajan), a thief and local gang leader in Chembur. After his murder, he took over the reins of his gang and changed his name to Chhota Rajan. He later came in contact with Dawood Ibrahim and Arun Gawli and the three ruled Mumbai’s underworld.
Rajan soon became Ibrahim Dawood’s trusted lieutenant and after the latter fled to Dubai to evade arrest in smuggling cases, he took charge of Mumbai affairs. But Rajan too had to flee to Dubai in 1988 and operated out of there. The cracks in Dawood-Rajan friendship appeared after the 1993 Mumbai blasts, reportedly over communal angle. Rajan then formed his own gang and left Dubai. His areas of operations were Malaysia and Bangkok; yet he enjoyed considerable clout in Mumbai, especially areas in and around Chembur. Soon a bloody feud started between the two gangsters and associates from both sides were killed. Among the high-profile killings were those of film producer Mukesh Duggal in 1997 and Nepal MP in 1998. The end to the partnership between two gangsters came in 2000 when Rajan was attacked by Dawood’s henchmen in Bangkok where he was living with a different identity.
Rajan survived and was admitted to the hospital by Thai police who did not know his identity then. According to one of the Rajan aides arrested in Mumbai, Santosh Shetty, the gangster escaped from Thailand and went to Tehran and then to Indonesia. Rajan gang killed those men who had allegedly given information about his whereabouts to Dawood and his men. India had tried to get him deported from Bankok, but the attempt was not successful at that time due to procedural delay. Rajan’s main areas of operation, according to information from intelligence reports and his arrested aides, was printing counterfeit currency and drug trade. He was listed as a wanted man by the Interpol in 1995 for carrying out 17 murders. Rajan was believed to be operating in South East Asian countries, and also said to have passed information about Dawood’s involvement in the 1993 blasts to Indian intelligence agencies.

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