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Newsline: Indian diplomat meets underworld don in Indonesia

Gangster Chhota Rajan, who was arrested on arrival from Australia, received consular access with an Indian diplomat meeting him at Indonesian police’s detention centre in Bali. First Secretary (consular) Sanjeev Kumar Agrawal met Rajan for nearly half an hour at the detention centre where he has been lodged since his arrest. Mr Agrawal, who is based in Indian Embassy in Jakarta, flew in this morning to Bali and drove straight to the police centre for his meeting with 55-year-old Rajan. The consular access to Rajan comes two days after Indonesian police submitted a report to the Indian Embassy about his detention. When Rajan was arrested at the Bali airport, he was carrying an Indian passport with the assumed name Mohan Kumar. Indian Ambassador to Indonesia Gurjit Singh said on Friday that the process relating to Rajan’s deportation to India has already begun but there is no deadline for it. Rajan, who has 71 cases of murder, extortion and drug trafficking against him in Mumbai, was questioned both in English as well as in Hindi through a translator.



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