Sometime in July this year, underworld don Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan’s cover was blown, when Chota Shakeel and his gang members found out that the former was staying in the Newcastle city of New South Wales, Australia under a false identity. Overnight, Rajan had to move out of his safe haven, assume another false identity and move to another city Down Under. This time, he assumed the false identity of P Mohan Kumar from Mandya area of Karnataka.
Moving around to a new place with a new identity every few months had become a way of life for the fugitive gangster. However, in July, something else happened, which had never happened before. Rajan’s doctors raised the red flag and said his kidneys can no longer bear the constant changing of places and stress. According to sources in the underworld, the doctors clearly said Rajan will now have to settle down in one place and take proper medical treatment for his kidneys, else it will be fatal.
Interestingly, when the Indonesian police detained Rajan at the Bali airport on Sunday morning, they found that he was wearing a strange belt on his waist. On a closer examination they found that he was reportedly wearing a Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) belt
Sources recalled that Rajan had survived a bid on his life by members of the Chhota Shakeel gang in Bangkok in September 2000. During this attack, he was severely injured and had sustained 6 bullet wounds, one of the bullets had even hit his kidney. “After the life-threatening attack, Rajan had undergone a kidney transplant; however, his kidneys never recovered completely,” the source said.
Sources said Rajan came prepared to be arrested at Ngurah Rai International Airport, where he landed from Sydney; he packed light – a small suitcase containing a few clothes and his dialysis kit – and offered no resistance. “When he was intercepted at the airport he smiled at officials and showed no surprise,” an intelligence officer said. “He did not create any problems. He cooperated with the Bali police.” Crucially, Rajan admitted to his real identity although he carried a fake passport.