Indian team reaches Bali to bring Chhota Rajan back

Nov 02, 2015, 10:00 IST | Agencies

A joint team of CBI, Mumbai and Delhi Police, which left yesterday, has been provided security by Indonesian and Delhi Police commandos

Bali: An Indian police team arrived in Indonesia yesterday to seek early deportation of Chhota Rajan, who received
consular access with an Indian diplomat meeting him at an Indonesian police detention centre.

Chhota RajanChhota Rajan escorted by Indonesia Police for questioning in Bali on Thursday. Pic/PTI

The visit of the joint team of CBI and Mumbai and Delhi police officers comes two days after India wrote a letter to the Indonesian authorities for 55-year-old Rajan’s return to face trial in various criminal cases registered against him.

Rajan was nabbed at Bali airport on his arrival from Australia on October 25. The team, which had left India in the wee hours yesterday, has been provided security by Indonesian and Delhi Police commandos.

Earlier yesterday, First Secretary (Consular) Sanjeev Kumar Agrawal at the Indian embassy in Jakarta met Rajan for nearly half-an-hour at the detention centre, sources said.

This is for the first time an Indian official met him in prison.

The consular access to Rajan comes two days after the Indonesian police submitted a report to the Indian Embassy about Rajan’s detention.

“I am fighting against terrorism and will continue to do so,” Rajan told a TV channel while being escorted by the Indonesian police. When Rajan was arrested at the Bali airport, he was carrying an Indian passport with the assumed name Mohan Kumar.

Security of the Indian officals as well as that Rajan has been enhanced due to the high-threat to Rajan from rival gangs, most notably of Dawood Ibrahim. The commandos of Special Cell of Delhi Police also accompany the Indian team.

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