A senior officer from Mumbai police told dna, “Shakeel, who rose in D-company ranks after Rajan parted ways with D-gang, has been after Rajan’s life ever since.
A handcuffed Chotta Rajan being taken for questioning in Bali on Thursday
In order to ensure that life of arrested gangster Chhota Rajan is not at risk once he is brought to city, the Mumbai police have begun intercepting calls from Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s D-company has presence in these countries and Mumbai as well. Interception is done basically to monitor communication in the gang as the police believe that Rajan faces serious threat to his life from Dawood’s aide Chhota Shakeel. A senior officer from Mumbai police told dna, “Shakeel, who rose in D-company ranks after Rajan parted ways with D-gang, has been after Rajan’s life ever since. Shakeel had sworn to wipe out Rajan gang completely.” Only in September last had the city crime branch arrested Mohammad Mahir Ashraf Kalbe Siddiqui, 30, of Mumbra and Akhtar Jamal Khan, 35, of Dharavi after learning of their plans to bump off two close Rajan aides, including DK Rao, upon Shakeel’s instructions.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In July this year, D-company had managed to get Rajan’s location in Australia and was closing in on him. However, Rajan was lucky this time too and managed to escape. Rajan then decided to move out of Australia and left for Bali, where he was detained by the local authorities. “We have all reasons to believe that Shakeel would continue to hunt Rajan and his gang members and hence we have started intercepting international calls. In the past such interceptions have helped us in foiling such bids. DK Rao’s assassination bid too was foiled by the telephone interception. If the D-gang is planning something against Rajan, we would be prepared to neutralise their attempts,” said the officer. Meanwhile, dna has learnt that Chhota Rajan, once brought to Mumbai, would be lodged in the same lock-up where Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab was lodged. “In the past too, criminals facing threat to their lives were lodged in the Unit 1 lock-up within the Mumbai police headquarters,” said an officer. The police would also constitute a team involving officers with in-depth knowledge about underworld operations to interrogate Rajan, sources said. ED may be roped inSources in the Mumbai police on Thursday stated that during past several years, Mumbai police had learnt through arrested Chhota Rajan’s aides about his investments abroad. “We have learnt that Rajan owns properties in Indonesia, Malaysia, China and Zimbabwe. We would grill Rajan on his investments abroad and once his properties are identified would rope in Enforcement Directorate to initiate further proceedings,” said a crime branch officer.