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Chhota Rajan arrested in Indonesia after tip-off from Australian police

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 6:50 IST

Wanted criminal Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje alias Chhotta Rajan, who has been on the run from Indian authorities for two decades has finally been arrested in Indonesia.

He is wanted over a series of murders in India. The Indonesian police was acting on a tip-off from Australian police and detained Rajan on 25 October as he arrived in the resort island of Bali from Sydney, Bali police spokesman Heri Wiyanto told news agencies.

Interpol flagged him as a wanted man back in 1995.

"We received information from police in Canberra yesterday (Sunday) about the red notice for a murderer. We arrested the man at the airport on Sunday. What we know is that this man was suspected to have carried out 15 to 20 murders in India," he was quoted as saying.

Bali police were coordinating with Interpol and Indian authorities, Wiyanto said, adding that Rajan would be deported to India.

A spokesperson for Australian Federal Police said Interpol in Canberra had alerted Indonesian authorities who apprehended Rajan at the request of Indian authorities.

The federal police confirmed in September that Rajan was living in Australia under another identity and had been in discussions with Indian authorities, the spokesperson said.

Rajan is wanted for many criminal cases that include extortion, murder, smuggling, drug trafficking and film financing with black money. He is also wanted in 17 murder cases and several more attempted murders.

First published: 26 October 2015, 2:54 IST