It was towards the end of 2015 that India made the capture of underworld don Chhota Rajan. Regarded as a major breakthrough for the Indian security agencies, the capturing of Chhota Rajan meant closing in on Dawood Ibrahim. Chhota Rajan was captured by the Indonesian authorities at the Bali airport where he had landed for a vacation.The two most instrumental men in the mission were NSA Ajit Doval & General VK Singh.
AjitDovalhad spoken to the Indonesian agencies about the possibility of an Indian underworld don travelling to the country for vacation. He acted as a conduit between the Australian & the Indonesian agencies. The Interpol in Australia had tipped off the Indonesian authorities of a potential murderer travelling in a Garuda flight en-route to Bali.
It is said that Ajit Doval had struck a deal with Chhota Rajan to provide information about Dawood & his whereabouts in return for his safe deportation to India. Chhota Rajanhad had a fallout with Dawood after the 1993 Mumbai blasts.
Once the deal was finalized, IB along with Interpol steered the arrest of ChhotaRajan through the Indonesian route as India could easily convince the authorities to deport their man. VK Singh along with seven other Indian officials traveled to Jakarta on October 22 to finalize the modus operandi with the Indonesian Security Agencies. The arrest was then made on the 25th of October 2015. It’s said that Home Minister Rajnath Singh was in the control room during that time.
Doval & Chhota Rajan have a history as well. Ajit Doval had collaborated with him in 2005 to eliminate Dawood Ibrahim. In 2005, his sharpshooter Vicky Malhotra was paid by the IB, as reported by Wikileaks, to travel to Dubai &assassinate Dawood, but was picked up by the CBI under suspicious circumstances.Chhota rajan
Ever since the Modi government came to power, there has been news that Dawood is shifting his base constantly in fear of staying for too long in one place & exposing his whereabouts.
The capture of Chhota Rajan& the government’s massive thrust on getting his assets seized in countries like the UK & UAE must be giving nightmares to Dawood. Also, the recent demonetization must have cost him heavily. So, I don’t think it’d be too far-fetched to presume that in the next few years India may successfully be able to capture Dawood as well.