04 March, 2021

Blood Brothers

Chhota Rajan may have escaped, but his war with Mr. D isn't over yet.

Blood Brothers
Not for anything is Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje, better known as Chhota Rajan, known to be the most oily and commanding gangsters to emerge out of Mumbai's underworld. He does it again—Houdini-like—this time by hoodwinking the Thai police, which had been keeping him in custody in the Samitivej Hospital since September, and making good his escape. As usual, there are various theories doing the rounds on his great escape. One such theory sees the invisible hand of the Indian intelligence agencies at work. Lending it credence is the fact that Rajan's men have served as informers and ferreted out information on Dawood and his men.

Top officials in intelligence agencies, however, tell Outlook that they are unaware of Rajan's whereabouts. "For all you know, he could be in West Asia, but we are not in contact," says one official. He also dismisses the charge that Rajan was being patronised by the agencies. "He is wanted for 17-odd murders, 12 of which are related to accused in the bomb blasts case," says a cbi official.

The agencies also deny the accusation that...

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