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'Don' who's adviser is in Paswan's ministry

'Don' who's adviser is in Paswan's ministry

Author: Manoj Prasad
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: May 11, 2005

With over two dozen cases of loot, murder and extortion registered against him, Hidayat Khan was the "terror" of Jamshedpur in the early 1990s. Now, his appointment last month as an "adviser" to the, Union Ministry of Chemical and Fertilizers, headed by Ramvilas Paswan, has raised many a eyebrow in the political circles.

The post is one of the two created by the Minister in each of the 28 states.

Traders in Jugsalai area of Jamshedpur still remember Khan as a petty criminal who extorted money from them, while his father Enayatullah Khan salad fruits.

Khan has come a long way ever since. He contested the last Assembly elections from Jamshedpur on a LJP ticket and finished third.

"My grandfather Rahmat Khan was a follower of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. And it was my father who set up the fruit business. Although the police slapped several cases on me, the court has acquitted me in all of them. I thank Paswaryi for finding me fit for the post of adviser," Khan told The Indian Express here.

If police records are to be believed, Khan fought a long and bloody battle against his rivals to establish a monopoly over Tisco's iron-scrap business, which was then dominated by the likes of don Birendra Singh.

"It was not easy for him to gain a toehold, but with crores of rupees at stake, Hidayat was determined to eliminate Singh," said a former IPS officer who was then posted as the SP of Jamshedpur.

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