Chhota Rajan worries about his safety in India as CBI plans to bring him back - India would send a multi-agency team comprising senior officials from the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) Interpol division, Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Mumbai Police's crime branch to Indonesia later this week to bring back underworld don Chhota Rajan who was arrested in Bali, Indonesia, on Sunday.
However, the entire incident of Rajan's arrest has triggered a political row over whether his capture was a professional work based on specific intelligence inputs from Indian and Australian agencies or he allegedly surrendered in the face of poor health and death threats from his rival gangs, especially underworld don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar and Chhota Shakeel.
When minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju was asked about the issue, he refused to confirm or deny anything. "You will get to know on your own later," he said.
Rajan's likely return and interrogation is set to equip Indian enforcement agencies with vital information in their fight to negate the activities of underworld networks belonging to his own gang, Dawood Ibrahim gang and its alleged sponsors in Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence.
On the other hand, Rajan has asked his interrogators to let him flee to Zimbabwe, Bali Police Commissioner Reinhard Nainggolan said. "There is a threat to my life in India, please take me to Zimbabwe," Rajan said.
Nainggolan further added that Rajan was medically fit, thus contradicting reports of him suffering from multiple ailments.
Rajan was arrested in the tourist town of Bali, Indonesia, on a Red Corner Notice issued by Interpol after evading law enforcement agencies for more than two decades. The arrest was made on a tip -off from the Australian Police that Rajan had flown from Sydney to Bali.
In July 1995, the CBI had issued a Red Corner Notice through Interpol against him on the request of Mumbai Police which was probing cases against him.
Rajan was arrested in Bali by a joint team of Indonesian and Australian police after arriving from Sydney on a passport having the name of Mohan Kumar, according to reports.