Delhi Police have arrested four persons who were hatching a conspiracy to kill jailed underworld don Chhota Rajan, on the order of rival fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim’s lieutenant Chhota Shakeel.
The Special Cell arrested the four accused —Roger Robinson, Junaid, Yunus and Manish — on June 3. Robinson is from Rohini, Junaid from Seelampur, Yunus lived in Ghaziabad, and Manish is from Noida..
Later, they were produced in a court which sent them to judicial custody, a senior police official said.
“Investigation is underway,” Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Arvind Deep said.
The four were arrested after their interactions with Shakeel surfaced. The accused were in touch with Shakeel through internet chats and phone. One of the accused was in regular touch with Shakeel, who also offered him money to procure weapons.
The order was to kill Rajan’s driver first and then the jailed don. Rajan’s driver has been coming to Delhi since his boss was sent to Tihar. The plot was to target Rajan either during the time when he would be taken from Tihar to court or while returning to the jail after a hearing.
On May 1, a Tihar jail official had received an SMS on his mobile phone threatening ‘The End’ of Rajan very soon.
Police also claimed have recovered a pistol and live cartridges from possession of one of the accused.
The four accused are also lodged in Tihar jail, where Rajan is in a high-security ward, the official added.
Rajan (55), who was on a run for around 27 years, was arrested from Bali in Indonesia, based on a tip-off from Australian Federal Police, and brought to India in November last year.
A special court on Wednesday framed charges for alleged offences of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy against gangster Chhota Rajan and three others in a fake passport case.
Special CBI Judge Vinod Kumar passed the order after Rajan, produced before the court via video conferencing, pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.
The charges were framed against Rajan for allegedly procuring a fake passport in the name of Mohan Kumar with the help of three government officials, also accused in the case. Earlier during the arguments on framing of charges, the CBI had alleged that the government officials conspired to issue the passport to Rajan in the name of one Mohan Kumar, a non-existent person in complete violation of procedures.
CBI had told the court that Rajan, who is currently lodged in Tihar Jail under judicial custody, was accused in several cases of heinous nature involving charges of murder and extortion and when in 1995, a Red Corner Notice was issued against him, he had used a new identity to escape.
Rajan had denied the allegation that he used a fictitious identity with the help of fake passport to escape the law as he was accused in several cases of heinous nature.