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Dreaded Chota Rajan gangster killed

The gangster was wanted in around 22 cases of murder, kidnapping and extortion, reports Abhishek Sharan.
None | By Abhishek Sharan, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON OCT 31, 2006 01:59 AM IST

A western region special police squad on Monday night shot dead in encounter a 36-year-old dreaded gangster, allegedly affiliated to the underworld don Chota Rajan’s gang, who was one of the main accused in the brutal murder of the don’s estranged top lieutenant OP Singh at Nashik Jail in September, 2003, at Saki Naka.

The gangster, Satya Nepali, was wanted in around 22 cases including murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, robberies and extortion. Nepali was engaged by the police squad, comprising of officers from the Saki Naka police and DN Nagar police stations, at around 8 pm at a spot opposite post office, Saki Vihar, in Saki Naka.

The police, said additional police commissioner Bipin Bihari, had received a tip-off that Nepali was going to arrive at the spot in an auto to meet an associate. The police had asked him to surrender but he opened fire instead and died in the retaliatory hail of bullets.

The police recovered a German pistol of .32 caliber from Nepali. According to Bihari, "Nepali is one of the main accused in the murder of OP Singh." Nepali rose through the gang’s ranks to become a top lieutenant of DK Rao. He areas of operations ran from Mumbai, thane, Navi Mumbai to UP.

In September 2003, Nepali and 12 other Rajan gangsters, led by his mentor Rao, had killed six-footer Singh when he was playing a game of cricket with inmates inside the Nashik jail.

The 13 men kicked and punched Singh till he fell down and was later strangulated to death with a jute rope by Rao.

According to top Mumbai crime Branch officers, Rajan got Singh killed because he had suspected him of usurping his gang in 2000 when he was hiding after having survived an assassination attempt by a squad sent to his Bangkok residence by top Dawood gangster Chota Shakeel.

Singh had initially enjoyed Rajan‘s complete trust, indicated by the fact that the former was the first person the latter called after he survived the murdered bid. Singh's job was to hold together the gang and arrange for Rajan’s security, but later the don was told by his top lieutenant Balu Dokre that Singh was betraying him.

Last year, Shakeel got Dokre killed on May 21 in Malaysia; Rajan retaliated by getting Dokre’s murderer killed in Kathmandu on September 9.

On October 16, three sharp-shooters belonging to Rao’s and Ejaz Pathan’s gangs, gunned down police informer Amjad Khan at kala Ghode in South Mumbai, who was believed to be close to Singh.

Email Abhishek Sharan: abhishek.sharan@hindustantimes.com

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