Decks seem to have been cleared for the deportation of Chhota Shakeel aide Muzzakir Mudassar Hussain Sayed alias Munna Jhingada from Bangkok.
Last week, a Thai court endorsed the evidence submitted by Mumbai police that certifies Jhingada’s Indian origin, a claim contested by Pakistan.
Highly placed sources in the Mumbai crime branch told HT on Wednesday that following the Thai court’s endorsement of India’s documentary evidence, “the deportation process will be initiated soon after the court pronounces its verdict, which is likely to be early next week”.
In March last year, the crime branch of Mumbai police stepped up efforts to have Jhingada deported. The gangster is one of Mumbai’s most wanted criminals and a key member of the Chhota Shakeel gang. This after reports that the Pakistan government was trying to deport the fugitive to its country by producing forged nationality documents before Thai authorities.
Anil Wadhwa, Indian ambassador to Thailand, had alerted the ministry of external affairs in New Delhi of Pakistan government’s plea for Jhingada’s deportation. The Pakistan government made the deportation plea by producing fake identity documents and passport of Jhingada by claiming that he was Mohammad Salim. The deportation, if at all, was to be done following Jhingada’s completion of jail term in connection with a murder bid on underworld don Chhota Rajan in Bangkok on September 15, 2000.
To build India’s case, a team of two officers— inspectors Sudhir Dalvi of the anti-extortion cell and Shalini Sharma of the extradition cell — was rushed to the Thai capital with the documents required to prove Jhingada’s nationality and a dossier of his crimes back home.
Subsequently, the crime branch collected DNA samples of Jhingada’s family members in Mumbai. The DNA match returned positive results, thereby establishing Jhingada’s origin and, by implication, nationality. “We sent everything, from school leaving certificate and photographs to fingerprints and DNA samples in order to bolster our claims,” a source said.
In 1999, the Interpol wing of the CBI had issued a red-corner notice against Jhingada after he escaped from the country.