MUMBAI: The Mumbai police had nearly lost or misplaced gangster Chhota Rajan’s fingerprints that were collected in 1980. So when the MEA asked the Mumbai police to urgently send the hard copy of the gangster’s fingerprints to buttress their claims to deport Rajan to India from Indonesia, they went into a tizzy. On checking, the cops realised that whatever the city crime branch had were all carbon copies, which is not acceptable when two countries are talking of deporting a criminal.

Finally, two days of efforts by sub-inspector Manisha Shirke of Tilak Nagar police in Chembur and five of her colleagues yielded results. “Six policemen worked endlessly day and night and succeeded in getting hold of the two fingerprints of Rajan which were torn into two or three pieces. Police officers then took pains to join them and made colour copies and sent them to the police headquarters,” said an officer. The same fingerprints were carried by the joint team of CBI, Delhi special cell and the Mumbai police which visited Indonesia to take Rajan’s custody. The fingerprints of Rajan, taken by the Indonesian authorities, was matched with the fingerprints the Mumbai police carried. Thanks to Tilak Nagar police’s record room, that they were able to trace the fingerprints after three decades.

Police said that Rajan’s fingerprints were taken in 1980 when he was arrested by the Tilak Nagar police in connection with a murder and attempt to murder case.

Police said that if they had not been able to find the fingerprints, they would have had no option but to take DNA samples of Rajan’s kin, particularly his brother Deepak Nikhalje, to confirm that the man arrested in Indonesia was indeed Rajan.

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Source: TOI-MUM