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Did Chhota Shakeel issue a death threat to Tihar inmate Chhota Rajan via SMS?

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 1 May 2016, 13:32 IST

Underworld don Rajendra Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan, continues to face death threats even inside the high security Tihar jail where is currently lodged.

According to Delhi Police officials, an SMS was purportedly sent from Chhota Shakeel to a senior Tihar jail official threatening to eliminate Chhota Rajan, prompting the senior officer to seek additional security.

The SMS was sent from +971504265138 - a UAE phone code - to the cell phone of Tihar Law Officer Sunil Gupta, threatening that Chhota Rajan would meet his "end" very soon. "How long will you save this dead pig from death, very soon I will do his the end," the message by "Haji Chhota Shakeel" said.

A call was also made to the Tihar's landline number following the SMS after which Rajan's security was enhanced.

A Special Cell officer confirmed the receipt of the message by the Tihar official. Gupta had received the SMS on 24 November 2015 after which he informed his seniors and sought security for himself and his family, sources said. The matter is now being investigated by police.

Rajan, once a Dawood Ibrahim confidante, has been brought to the country to face trial in over 70 cases of murder, extortion and drug smuggling. Ever since his arrival, Rajan has been questioned by various investigating agencies. He has been making claims of having further evidence to nail India's most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim and his links with Pakistan's external snooping agency ISI.

-WIth inputs from PTI

First published: 1 May 2016, 13:32 IST