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ANALYSIS: Did Gangsters Outwit Intelligence Sharing?

At a recent regional Police Commissioners’ meeting the issue of intelligence sharing was highlighted. A lot of ideas were discussed and a commitment was made to strengthen co-operation. But when
31 Oct 2015 11:43
ANALYSIS: Did Gangsters Outwit Intelligence Sharing?

At a recent regional Police Commissioners’ meeting the issue of intelligence sharing was highlighted.

A lot of ideas were discussed and a commitment was made to strengthen co-operation.

But when notorious rival Indian gangsters were here last week, Police and Immigration knew nothing about it or so it seemed.

It might have been straight out from a Bollywood movie scene. But this was no make-believe event, of one group of bad guys hunting down another bad guy who has defected to a rival group.

This was real, according to a Times of India report which quoted gangsters leader Shakeel Shaikh alias Chhota Shakeel.

Shakeel claimed that his men were chasing another well-known fugitive, Chhota Rajan, in Fiji in a bid to kill him. Shakeel was the man that masterminded the attack on Rajan in Bangkok in 2000. He claimed credit for Rajan’s arrest in Indonesia although he was not happy with it because they wanted to eliminate him.

“My boys were on the job in Fiji last week, and we had jammed him in his hideout. He was forced to flee to Indonesia which led to his arrest. I want to eliminate him and I will not rest. Even if he is deported, my operation against him will continue,” Shakeel told the TOI.

If this was true then it is very disturbing. Can you imagine what would have happened if the hunters had found Rajan in downtown Suva, say between the Suva Bus Stand and Suva Market on a busy Saturday morning?

A chase, followed by a shootout, would occur, exactly as it happened in Bangkok. Innocent bystanders in one of the city’s busiest areas could become victims of stray bullets. There would have been mayhem. And people like self-styled activist Oni Kirwin would jump on the bandwagon and declare that her prophesy had come to pass.

These gangsters used guns in Bangkok when they tried to take out Rajan. They might have been carrying guns here too. This may be just an hypothesis. But when you are dealing with hardened criminals anything is possible.

Rajan was hiding in Australia for the last seven years under the identity of Mohan Kumar, sources said.

Why didn’t Australian and Indian Police intelligence officers alert their Fijian counterparts? It is understood that Australian and Mumbai Police were travelling to Bali to help in the investigations there.

It appears that Fijian Police and Immigration had no idea the gangsters were heading here.

Chief of Intelligence and Investigations ACP Henry Brown said they were looking into the matter.

But questions must be asked: What happened to our intelligence network in the region? Was it just outwitted by the gangsters?

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