Jakarta: The Indonesian authorities on Sunday arrested Indian fugitive Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, better known as Chhota Rajan. Wanted in a number of murder cases, mob boss Rajan was on Sunday detained as he arrived in the popular resort island of Bali from Sydney.
Bali police spokesman Heri Wiyanto, meanwhile, told that the 55 year-old Rajan had been on the run for two decades, with Interpol flagging him as a wanted man back in 1995. Bali police were coordinating with Interpol and Indian authorities, Wiyanto said, adding it was likely Rajan would be deported to India.
“We received information from police in Canberra yesterday (Sunday) about the red notice for a murderer. We arrested the man at the airport Sunday. What we know is that this man was suspected to have carried out 15 to 20 murders in India.” he told.
The federal police confirmed last month that Nikalje was living in Australia under another identity and had been in discussions with Indian authorities, the spokesperson said, but would not provide further details.
Interpol’s website states that Rajan was born in Mumbai, and was wanted for multiple charges including murder and possession and use of illegal firearms.