Indonesia to deport Chhota Rajan this week
Indonesian authorities said on Monday that they would deport Chhota Rajan
shortly after arresting the alleged organised crime boss on the Indonesian
resort island of Bali.
Nikalje, known in India as ‘Chhota Rajan,’ was on the Interpol’s most wanted
list for two decades, said Bali police spokesman Heri Wiyanto.
Wiyanto said that Rajan
was arrested on Sunday after arriving at Bali’s airport from Sydney, based on a
red notice from Interpol and following a tip from Australian authorities in
He said police were
questioning Rajan in Bali police headquarters in Denpasar, the provincial
capital, and coordinating with Indian diplomats for a deportation process.
He held an Indian
passport when he arrived in Denpasar, about 968 kilometres east of the
Indonesian capital, Jakarta. “This man is suspected to have been involved in
more than 20 murders in India,” said Wiyanto, “We will deport him this week.”
Another official, the
Denpasar Police chief detective Reinhard Habonaran Nainggolan confirmed that
Rajan arrived in Indonesia carrying a passport under the alias Mohan Kumar.
Rajan told Indonesian
police that he had been hiding in Australia for seven years and flew to Bali by
a Garuda Indonesia flight for vacation. (With inputs from agencies)