Mumbai Police officials estimate Chhota Rajan’s current net worth to be in the range of Rs 4,000-5,000 crore. Fifty per cent of the investments are in India, especially in Mumbai and its satellite towns, they say. “According to our reports, Rajan owns a hotel in China, a few jewellery shops in Singapore, Thailand and a hotel in Jakarta. He has also invested in diamond trade in African countries, especially Zimbabwe,” said a senior Mumbai Police official.
Sources claimed that Rajan tried to strike a deal with some officials from Zimbabwe to seek refuge in that country.
But Zimbabwe did not want to be seen giving refuge to anyone who was wanted in India. “We found that he asked for Z-plus protection which was denied by them,” claimed the official.
“The officials with whom Rajan negotiated promised to provide the best of health facilities but refused to extend security cover. Rajan suspected that he would eventually be tracked by the Dawood gang, and did not want to be attacked when he was at his weakest — while undergoing dialysis for kidney failure,” said a source.
In Indonesia, the police confirmed Rajan’s plans to escape to Zimbabwe. Speaking to news channels, Police Commissioner Reinhard Nainggolan said in Bali, “He asked us to release him as he wanted to go to Zimbabwe. He was looking to escape.” The Mumbai Police is preparing a fresh dossier against Rajan that will be submitted to the home department. The Crime Branch has so far tracked details of 75 cases registered against him. Most of these cases are under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Orangised Crime Act (MCOCA). “Looking at the volume of cases against him, and most of them being under MCOCA, Rajan can easily be in our custody for three years,” said an official.
According to the police, the maximum cases against Rajan were registered in the mid-90s. Rajan is wanted for 25 murders — all pertaining to killings of Dawood gang members and shooters.