Old colleagues, Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Rajan are today waging a war for control of the Mumbai underworld. Rajan was once lynchpin of D-Company; today he is one of the tools Indian intelligence uses to strike at the Dawood empire by leaking information. Here are a few facts about Chota Rajan:
1. Birth and early days
Rajan was born in a lower middle class Marathi Buddhist family in the Tilaknagar area of Chembur, Mumbai, Maharashtra. He worked as a cinema ticket seller in his early days.
2. Entering the trade
It was his chance meeting with Bada Rajan that he entered the trade and took over the group after the murder of the former.
3. Separation from Dawood Ibrahim
Post the 1993 blasts, Rajan announced separation from Dawood’s gang and this followed bloody encounters between both groups in Mumbai on a regular basis.
4. Post separation
Rajan escaped a bid on his life in September 2000, when Dawood’s key aide Chhota Shakeel opened fire at him in Bangkok. He later recovered in a hospital after Rajan jumped from window of first-floor room where he was staying in a struggle to save his life.
5. Charge sheet
Wanted for 17 murders, more attempted murders, drug trafficking, smuggling, extortion and even funding of films.
6. Personal life
Rajan has three daughters – Anita Nikhalje, Mala Nikhalje and Pallavi Nikhalje. The younger one is currently doing graduation and the elder one is married.
7. Current scenario
Based on a telephonic conversation in the early 2000s, Chota Rajan explained that he is hiding somewhere in Europe, though there is a probability of him being in Australia.