New Delhi, Oct 26: Was it Chhota Rajan or Cyanide Mohan? This is the big question that India would want an answer for while it ascertains the identity of the man arrested in Bali.
The uncanny resemblance between the two has led to all the confusion and Indian agencies are in touch with ascertain the exact identity of the man. According to the Indonesia police the man arrested was none other than Chhota Rajan.
There are questions being raised about the arrest now and authorities say that the man arrested could be Mohan Kumar alias Cyanide Mohan. It is also said that Mohan Kumar, a former Indian primary school teacher, facing the death penalty for the murders of 20 young women.
Mohan Kumar is accused of using cyanide to kill the women from 2003 to 2009. A court in the southern Indian city of Mangalore sentenced him to death in December 2013.
Indian authorities yet to confirm identity of Rajan
The Indian authorities are yet to confirm the identity of the man detained in Indonesia. The Indonesia police have claimed that the man arrested in Chhota Rajan. We are in touch with the authorities in Indonesia and can confirm whether the man arrested is Rajan or not.
Since the detention was carried out by the Interpol, it would be the CBI which will ascertain further details on the man arrested. A team of officials will visit Indonesia and confirm the identity of the man, an official also informed.
The Indonesian police detained Rajan based on a tip off by Australia. He had arrived in Bali from Sydney police spokesman Heri Wiyanto told AFP. The 55-year-old Nikalje had been on the run for two decades and Interpol had flagged him as a wanted man in 1995, Wiyanto said.
"We received information from police in Canberra yesterday (Sunday) about the red notice for a murderer," he said. "We arrested the man at the airport yesterday. What we know is that this man was suspected to have carried out 15 to 20 murders in India."
Bali police are coordinating with Interpol and Indian authorities and it is likely Nikalje will be deported to India, Wiyanto said.