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New Delhi/Mumbai :  Long-absconding underworld don Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje alias Chhota Rajan was brought to the national capital from Indonesia on Friday morning as Maharashtra government’s decision to hand all of his cases to the CBI assumed political overtones.

The fugitive don – arrested by Indonesian police on October 25 – arrived at the Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport at 5:30 AM in a special aircraft, accompanied by officers of the Central Bureau of Investigation, Mumbai and Delhi Police. He was taken straight to the CBI headquarters under tight security.

Security at the CBI headquarters, where Rajan has been lodged, has been beefed up with deployment of more Central Industrial Security Force personnel. The traffic on roads near the CBI office here has been restricted.

In Maharashtra, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party slammed the BJP-Shiv Sena government’s decision to hand over around 75 cases relating to Rajan to the CBI. However, the central government said handling of all cases by one agency was helpful.

Sources said Delhi Police was likely to hand over its seven cases pertaining to Rajan to the CBI.

Rajan is wanted in over 85 crimes, ranging from murder, extortion, smuggling and drug trafficking. Apart from Maharashtra, he has cases against him in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and with the CBI.

Rajan, 55, who fled India in 1988 for Dubai, reached Delhi from Bali after a delay of a few days as flights could not take off from the Indonesian island due to cyclonic storms.

Sources said Rajan is yet to be presented before a special CBI magistrate, who will take a decision on his custody.

“Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan alias Mohan Kumar has been successfully brought back to India on deportation from Indonesia today (Friday) morning. He is in custody of CBI – Interpol. Legal formalities are in process,” the CBI said in a statement.

Officials said Rajan is considered a “friendly don” because of his earlier tip-offs to Indian security agencies about the movement of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aides.

Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam slammed the Maharashtra government’s decision to hand over cases pertaining to Rajan to the CBI.

“If the CBI will handle all the cases, what will Mumbai police do,” Nirupam asked and urged the state government to reconsider its decision.

NCP state spokesperson Nawab Malik said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Mumbai Police Commissioner Ahmad Javed had assured that the mafia don would be brought to Mumbai.

“Why has he now been taken to New Delhi? What is their strategy? All major cases, including journalist Jyotirmoy Dey’s killing and Pakmodia Street firing, shall be handled by the CBI. Do they doubt our police’s capabilities? It is demoralising the Mumbai Police,” Malik said.

Former Maharashtra director general of police D. Shivanandan also criticised the move to hand over Rajan cases to the CBI and reiterated that the Mumbai police were among the best in the world to investigate any such case.

On the other hand, union Minister of State for Home affairs Kiren Rijiju said: “One agency handling the issue will always help the case. I think we should not discuss much about the procedure because he’s already here,” he added.

Rajan, once a close aide of Dawood Ibrahim, parted ways with the latter before the conspiracy for the 1993 Mumbai blasts was hatched. There was an attempt on Rajan’s life in 2000 when Dawood’s men tracked him to a hotel in Bangkok but he managed a dramatic escape by jumping from the first floor of the hotel.

Mumbai Police has nearly 75 cases registered against Rajan, including 20 of murder, four cases under Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, one under Prevention of Terrorism Act and over 20 cases under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act.

Maharashtra additional chief secretary KP Bakshi on Thursday announced it had handed over all its cases against Rajan to the CBI.

(IANS)
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Air Pollutants Can Be Stopped If They Are Frozen : Scientists

The air-quality across the NCR was very poor

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Freezing pollutants can prevent deadly outdoor air pollution — thought to cause more than three million premature deaths worldwide every year — from seeping indoors by 99 per cent, scientists have discovered.

The research, by a team of scientists from the Nottingham Trent University in the UK and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, involved studying the effectiveness of cryogenics for indoor air purification, by removing the gaseous pollutants and tiny particulates caused by haze.

The team found that as they circulated haze-polluted air through a cryogenic condenser, the finer particles stuck together in the condenser tube before dropping out by gravity, and emerging as clean air.

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Their method was able to remove 99 per cent of particulates and 98 per cent of nitrogen oxide pollutants.

“Hazardous outdoor air pollution has severely affected indoor air quality, threatening the health of billions of people,” said Professor Robert Mortimer, Dean of the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences at Nottingham.

“Outdoor air pollution in cities is a global problem. While there are some existing technologies to purify indoor air, they can be inefficient, expensive or produce harmful by-products.

“When outdoor air quality is poor, people tend to spend even more time indoors – but outdoor pollution also leads to indoor pollution and people are still impacted.”

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The experiments, reported in the journal Science of the Total Environment, showed that by simply circulating polluted air through a small freezing chamber we can remove most of the fine particles and gas pollutants.

“Our study makes it possible to add an ‘air cleaner’ option to household appliances in areas which might experience extremely poor air conditions. By controlling indoor air pollution and improving air quality in this way, this work could be greatly beneficial for public health,” added Gang Pan, Professor at the varsity.

It is hoped that the work could pave the way for simple modification of air conditioning and humidifier units so that they can also clean polluted indoor air, the team said.

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Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Sunday witnessed “very poor” air quality with the minimum temperature recorded at 12.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average.

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The air-quality across the NCR was very poor, according to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research.

The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 87 per cent. The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 28 degrees Celsius. (IANS)