Thursday, July 7, 2011

Indian gangster 'ordered killing from Malaysia'

NEW DELHI: India's second most-wanted criminal might have been in Malaysia when he ordered an assassin to kill a Mumbai journalist who wrote about his gang activities.

Chhota Rajan, thought to be in hiding in Malaysia, is believed to have contacted a hitman to kill crime editor Jyotirmoy Dey of MidDay tabloid on June 11.

Rajan, the second most wanted criminal after terrorist-linked don Dawood Ibrahim, has been living in exile for decades and may have used his base in Malaysia when he ordered the hit, said two Indian publications.

India Today said: "Senior (police) officers admit they know Rajan is in Malaysia, and indeed they must, if they have tracked conversations between Rajan and (Satish) Kalya (the suspect who shot the journalist)."

A police investigator said Rajan, who once sold cinema tickets in Mumbai, allegedly directed Kalya, a hitman, to kill Dey.

The Statesman supported the Malaysian hideout theory.

"Kalya told his interrogators that Rajan contacted him 20 days ahead of June 11 from Malaysia, with an offer of a 500,000 rupee (RM34,000) supari (contract killing)." 

Rajan is no stranger to Malaysia.

After the 1993 Mumbai blasts, Rajan, once a close aide of Dawood, deserted his boss when it was revealed that Dawood was linked to the crime that killed nearly 250 people.

The Rajan-Dawood gang wars even spilled over to Rawang, Selangor, in 2005, when Rajan's right-hand man, Balu Dorke, was killed at the behest of Chhota Shakel, a henchman of Dawood. -- Bernama


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