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Fingerprints from early ‘80s nailed Chhota Rajan

Fingerprints o0f Chhota Rajan the Mumbai police collected in 1980 and 1983 provided the clinching proof that led to the deportation of the underworld don from Indonesia.

Establishing Chhota Rajan’s identity was the most difficult of the four conditions Indonesian authorities wanted to be met if he was to be sent to India, official sources here said.

The only way out was to match his fingerprints. Unfortunately, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the nodal agency for Interpol in India, didn’t have them.

That’s when the Mumbai police came to the rescue.

Rajan was arrested in Mumbai in 1980 for a murder and in 1983 for an attempted murder. His fingerprints were taken on record then, an official told IANS.

“We got those fingerprints and matched them with some of the fingerprints taken six months ago in Australia where Rajan had lived since September 22, 2003,” the official said.

Eleven of the 18 features of the fingerprints matched perfectly.

“We at once provided the fingerprint details to Indonesian Police and got the okay for his deportation,” the official said.

The CBI had to satisfy three other points too before it could get hold of the long absconding don, who was once a close aide to Dawood Ibrahim, now India’s most wanted fugitive.

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