Bali: An Indian police team arrived here on Sunday to seek early deportation of arrested underworld don Chhota Rajan who received consular access with an Indian diplomat meeting him at an Indonesian police detention centre in this popular tourist city.
The visit of the joint team of CBI and Mumbai and Delhi police officers comes two days after India wrote a letter to the Indonesian authorities for 55-year-old Rajan's return to face trial in various criminal cases registered against him.
Rajan was nabbed at Bali airport on his arrival from Australia on October 25. The team, which had left India in the wee hours today, has been provided security by Indonesian and Delhi Police commandos.
Earlier today, First Secretary (Consular) Sanjeev Kumar Agrawal at the Indian embassy in Jakarta met Rajan for nearly half-an-hour at the detention centre, sources said. This is for the first time an Indian official met him in prison.
Agrawal flew this morning to Bali from Jakarta and drove straight to the police centre for his meeting with Rajan, one of India's most-wanted criminals.
The consular access to Rajan comes two days after the Indonesian police submitted a report to the Indian Embassy about Rajan's detention.
"I am fighting against terrorism and will continue to do so," Rajan told a TV channel while being escorted by the Indonesian police.
When Rajan was arrested at the Bali airport, he was carrying an Indian passport with the assumed name Mohan Kumar.
Indian Ambassador to Indonesia Gurjit Singh had said on Friday that the process relating to Rajan's deportation to India has already begun but there is no deadline for it.
Security of the Indian officals as well as that Rajan has been enhanced due to the high threat perception to Rajan from rival gangs, most notably of Dawood Ibrahim.
The Indian team is also accompanied by elite commandos of Special Cell of Delhi Police.