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Jan 06, 2010 at 01:19am IST

NCP disowns man behind underworld X'mas party

Mumbai: The man who organised the Christmas party attended by the underworld don, Chota Rajan’s men and five members of the Mumbai policemen who have been suspended, turns out to be a politician associated with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

Paulson Joseph was the organiser of the controversial Christmas party.

However, after the news of the dubious Christmas party hit headlines, the NCP has been quick to disown its activist.

NCP Spokesperson Narendra Verma said, “Anyone having any nexus with any antisocial elements has no place in NCP.”

According to sources in the police department, Paulson's association with the Chota Rajan is a decade old.

  • Paulson got into Chhota Rajan's gang after his association with Bandya Mama way back in 2000.
  • Paulson started actively looking after the don's 'business' interests in Mumbai's suburbs.
  • Soon after Bandya Mama and Rajan parted ways over cable wars, Paulson was given the task of managing funds for the gang.
  • Paulson used to frequent the Chembur gymkhana to play cards and hold meetings with other gang members.
  • Paulson is currently on the run.

Meanwhile the police have secured six hours of video footage and over 300 photographs as a part of the departmental enquiry against the five suspended officials. However, there is growing suspicion that several local politicians were also present at the party.

Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Ashok Chavan said, “Action has been taken, the culprits have been suspended, departmental inquiries will proceed and accordingly whatever is the outcome of the inquiry, further action will be taken as per the provisions of law.”

Commissioner Mumbai police, D Sivanandhan said, “We will go to any extent to take exemplary actions against them. We are not part of that kind of police where they can go and participate in activities with the gangsters.”

Underworld history is proof of the nexus between politicians, cops and dons but while this particular incident has prompted the government to announce strictest action against the policemen, the question is whether the government will stick to its resolve if investigations reveal involvement of more politicians or will the buck stop here with action against the men in uniform?

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