Chhota Rajan wields clout in city’s octroi evasion racket: Cops
MUMBAI: Gangster Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje alias Chhota Rajan may have been arrested from Bali, but according to sources in the Mumbai police, he has been active in the city, especially for the past two months.
The Sewri police, who have been keeping a close eye on unauthorised octroi agents at different checkpoints in the city, said Rajan’s cronies have one of the biggest shares in the octroi racket, which has caused multicrore losses to the state exchequer.
In the past two months, the evasion has become so brazen that trucks have been passing through without paying any octroi, whereas earlier they would pay at least a minimum percentage. “While we are investigating the case, someone called Paresh Shah from Gujarat cropped up,” said an officer from Sewri police station.
“He had a major role in starting the racket. Eventually, other gangs joined in,” the officer said.
“Rajan’s involvement in the racket came as a big blow to Shah because he took over most of the areas from where the racket was being operated,” said a senior police officer, on condition of anonymity.
He said a few months ago, when Shah saw himself getting sidelined in the racket, he took the support of the brother of a senior politician from the city to regain the position he once enjoyed.
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