A senior Tihar jail officer in November last year received a text message warning of an attack on jailed gangster Chhota Rajan. Rajan, who was extradited last year, is lodged in a high security cell in the prison.
Polices sources said a text message from a number belonging to underworld gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s associate Chhota Shakeel was sent to Sunil Gupta, a law officer in Tihar.
The Delhi police special cell was then informed by the jail authorities, following which jail officials reviewed his security details. On November 19, Rajan was sent to Tihar.
Five days later on the morning of November 24, Gupta had received the message which read, “ till when will you save this &^%^…His end will be by my hand.”
While Gupta could not be contacted, jail sources said the special cell had then been informed and a case was registered. The case is pending investigation. Sources inside the jail said that Rajan was currently lodged in cell number 2.
“There is a high level of security threat because of which Rajan has been kept in a high security cell. Owing to the threats to his life, we were advised to use video-conferencing facilitty for his court appearances. Moreover the people guarding him are changed regularly,” said a senior jail officer.