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‘My gang is not anti-Muslim’: Chhota Rajan
By Khalid Omar Siddiqi
|It is a matter of some satisfaction that Indian gangsters are proud of their secular credentials. They claim to believe in harmony and cooperation among individuals from various religious communities. With Mumbai as their headquarters, these criminal gangs operate in almost all the littoral states of the Indian Ocean. I wish they propagate this positive message of religious tolerance among their fellow criminals in all these countries in Africa, Middle East, South Asia and the Far East to make this part of the world a better place to live. Allama Iqbal was certainly right when he said:
Jahan nein talkh-nawaii meri gawaara kar
Ke zahar bhi kabhi karta hai kar-e-taryaqi
And if you don’t believe, read the following news item released by the PTI on 12 December:
MUMBAI UNDERWORLD don Chhota Rajan has said it was wrong to describe his gang as anti-Muslim or him as a Hindu gangster.
About his projection as a ‘Hindu gangster’ and Dawood as ‘Muslim gangster’, Rajan told Star News in an interview from an undisclosed hideout that ‘there is nothing as such’. Even my gang comprises 25 per cent Muslims who want to take revenge on Dawood.’
He said he would not return to India, as the legal system in the country was a sell-out to influential people. Refusing to divulge his hideout, the underworld don said, ‘My war with Dubai-based Dawood Ibrahim will continue.’
Asked how he managed to run his underworld empire in Mumbai by remote control, Rajan said that new technology such as Internet, fax and phones were generally used.
He admitted that he had ordered the killing of Nepalese MP Mirza Beg and chairman-cum-managing director of East-West Airlines.
Asked why he did not forget these things and surrendered before law, Chhota Rajan said, ‘I feel I should go back (to India) but I know I will not get justice. People close to Dawood Ibrahim can reach anywhere and kill me.’
He said he did not consider India a safe country. About the guarantee of his safety in a third country, he said, ‘You can get hurt anywhere, you can die in an accident or due to a disease.’
Asked why he turned to crime, Rajan said, ‘It is all destiny, but sometimes I do know that I've done something I should not have done.’