Although, I wanted to write this blog earlier, I was waiting for Chhota Rajan to be deported from
Scenario Outside Lockup:
At Bali Chhota Rajan was kept in the lockup of police headquarters located at Polda Bali of Denpasar area. There is no security check at the time of entry into the police hqs. No entry is made of the vehicles entering the premises. Vehicles could be parked just 20 metres close to the lockup where Chhota Rajan is kept. At a time only 3 cops guard the lockup & they are without any weapons. It was surprising to see that some cops had brought their kids also while on duty & were playing with them. On Thursdays & Fridays relatives of inmates are allowed to meet them through a small window adjacent to the lockup.
Scenario Inside Lockup:
There are total 3 cells in the lockup of area approx 300 sqft each . One cell is for female prisoners & other 2 are for male ones. There were total 43 prisoners including Chhota Rajan. Most of the criminals were locals arrested for narcotics trade & other crimes. Sunlight couldnt penetrate the lockup & cells were dimly lit. A television set was kept inside the cells.
While being taken around:
Chhota Rajan was being taken out briefly from the lockup for 2 reasons-one for medical treatment and secondly for interaction with Bali Police officers in the adjacent building which is few yards away. On 28th October he was taken to
After this he was taken out on 29th October to be interrogated by Bali Police officers in tha adjacent room. This time also only 3 unarmed policemen accompanied him while he walked in and out of the adjacent building. 4 days later on 2nd November he was taken out again to face the CBI led team arrived from India in the same building. Again, there were just 3 unarmed cops for his security while being taken to and fro. ( It was only on his last day in Bali that is today that he was escorted with 10 armed guards to Bali airport for deportation to
So the above was just a general assesment of the negligible security which Chhota Rajan got in
Dawood's henchman Chhota Shakeel had been desperately searching Rajan since he survived an attack by Shakeel's shooters at
The shooters of Shakeel would have met with very little resistance if they intended to target Rajan while in lockup or at the time of being taken out. True, that the lockup is inside the police hqs and more number of cops with weapons would have been rushed in but I believe the response time by cops would have allowed the shooters to do their job.
Chhota Rajan was being served prison food in the lockup. Sometimes he also shared food that came from homes of fellow inmates. It was only on Nov 1 that he got Indian food for himself after First Secretary from Indian embassy Sanjivkumar Agrawal met him in the lockup. But before that it was not difficult for anybody to conspire for a poison laced food for him.
It is either that Chhota Shakeel dropped the plan of killing Rajan after his arrest or he overestimated the security of Bali Police.
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