BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities said Monday they will deport an Indian fugitive shortly after arresting the alleged organized crime boss on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, known in India as "Chotta Rajan," was on the Interpol's most wanted list for two decades, said Bali police spokesman Heri Wiyanto.
Wiyanto said that Nikalje was arrested Sunday after arriving at Bali's airport from Sydney, based on a red notice from Interpol and following a tip from Australian authorities in Canberra.
He said police were questioning Nikalje in Bali police headquarter in Denpasar, the provincial capital, and coordinating with Indian diplomats for a deportation process. He held an Indian passport when he arrived in Denpasar, about 968 kilometers (602 miles) east of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.
"This man is suspected to have been involved in more than 20 murders in India," said Wiyanto, "We will deport him this week."
Media in India have reported that Nikalje was wanted for being involved in several mafia killings and other major crimes in his homeland.
"The information we have received is that the identification and verification of Chotta Rajan is going on," said India's Home Minister Rajnath Singh. He thanked the Indonesian government and Interpol, and added, "We will take necessary action once the formalities are over."
Another official, the Denpasar Police chief detective Reinhard Habonaran Nainggolan told reporters earlier that the man's name was Mohan Kumar, 56, known in Indian media as Cyanide Mohan, a serial killer who preyed on women looking for marriage.
Wiyanto said the previous arrest report on Kumar was wrong, and Nainggolan has confirmed that Nikalje arrived in Indonesia carrying a passport under the alias Mohan Kumar.
Nikalje told Indonesian police that he had been hiding in Australia for seven years and flew to Bali by a Garuda Indonesia flight for vacation.
Associated Press writer Nirmala George in New Delhi contributed to this report.