MANI Dalt39MELLO Mumbai

Fearing that Santosh Shetty was gaining supremacy over him in the underworld in the last one month, Chhota Rajan plotted to have him arrested by the Bangkok police.

Shetty was flown down from Bangkok

and formally arrested by the Anti- Extortion Cell of the city crime branch on Friday.

Rajan is believed to have managed to pass on credible information on Shettys location in Bangkok through the Thai polices informer network and had him apprehended for staying on a fake Indian passport in the tourist paradise of South- East Asia, according to wellplaced officials in the city crime branch.

Shetty, is a prime suspect in the February 2009 killing of lawyer Shahid Azmi, who was representing suspects in the serial train blasts, the November 2010 killing of Rajans henchman Farid Tanasha and the October 2010 killing of former close aide and gangster Bharat Nepali in a Bangkok hotel.

Shetty, a one- time close aide of Chhota Rajan had parted company in 2004 over sharing the spoils earned from narcotic smuggling, which he was handling for Rajan following an abortive attempt made on his ( Rajans) life, in Bangkok, in 2001, by Dawood Ibrahims gang.

Since then he was operating an independent criminal syndicate from South East Asian countries and though ensured that he did not intrude into fugitive Dawood Ibrahims syndicates financial domain or pose a challenge to him in Mumbais gangland.

Last month, Rajan received a massive jolt with the arrest of his key aide, D K Rao in connection with the gunning down of Dawood Ibrahims brother Iqbal Kaskars driver- cum- driver Sayyed Abu Bakr and his close associate handling the finances of the criminal syndicate, Vinod Asrani aka Vinod Chembur for his alleged role in senior crime journalist, J Deys killing.

Rajan who was shaken up following these two arrests, quickly reacted to stonewall Shettys move to seize control of his syndicate which was getting depleted in financial and manpower resources in the backof the arrests of not only D K Rao and Vinod Chembur but also Subhash Kalia, an ace hitman who shot dead Dey.

It is believed that Rajan was almost crippled as his key associates were put behind bars in the last six weeks which had made his knees weak on learning that ” Chhota Rajans strong apprehension about Shetty planning to eliminating him and taking over his syndicates operations, led to Chhota Rajan tracing the whereabouts of Shetty and passing on information to the Thai police via the polices informants network. In other words, Chotta Rajan orchestrated Shettys arrest from the background as he had learnt that Shetty was closing in on him.

With his two aides behind bars, Chhota Rajan feared that Shetty was gaining supremacy over him and hence passed on info about him to the Thai police

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