Shocking and hidden tales of the world's deadliest mafias
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Shocking and hidden tales of the world's deadliest mafias

The life and tales of underworld dons and mafias are known to us all only through the media. But what lies underneath those dreaded eyes is something that we have uncovered in this photogallery. Check out some of the most horrifying and hidden tales of the world's deadliest mafias.
Dawood Ibrahim's unknown secrets

Dawood Ibrahim's unknown secrets

The most notorious of Mumbai's gangsters, Dawood Ibrahim grew up watching his father, a police constable, being ill-treated by Haji Mastan. He eventually dwarfed Mastan in influence and became the most feared of the city's dons, initially by eliminating members of Karim Lala's gang with the support of the police. Image procured via Google Search

Dawood Ibrahim's facts

Dawood Ibrahim's facts

His stock in the underworld rose with his extortion racket and hawala business. He allegedly masterminded the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai, which was chronicled in S Hussain Zaidi's Black Friday, a book adapted into a film by Anurag Kashyap. Image procured via Google Search

Dawood Ibrahim's life

Dawood Ibrahim's life

Ibrahim fled to Dubai in 1984 and is believed to reside in Pakistan, with the backing of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). He was named the fourth most wanted fugitive in the world by Forbes in 2011. Image procured via Google Search

Varadarajan Mudaliar's unknown secrets

Varadarajan Mudaliar's unknown secrets

Mudaliar who inspired the Kamal Haasan film Nayakan, came to Mumbai from the coastal town of Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu and began his life there as a porter, and soon started stealing dock cargo with Mastan's help. Image procured via Google Search

Varadarajan Mudaliar

Varadarajan Mudaliar

He then started selling hooch and became an extrajudicial leader of sorts of the poor Tamils at Matunga, Dharavi and Sion-Koliwada. Following a crackdown on his gang by the government, Mudaliar moved to Chennai in the mid-1980s and passed away there in 1988. Image procured via Google Search

Tiger Memon

Tiger Memon

The prime accused in the 1993 blasts, had been confirmed by the Special Court after the conviction of the others accused in the case. He is wanted by Interpol and the CBI. He is a member of D-Company and is a gang member of its leader, Dawood Ibrahim. He got the dubious nickname 'Tiger' after helping a petty drugs and weapons smuggler to evade the grips of the crime Branch of Mumbai Police by driving his car recklessly over 100 km/h on one way roads. Image procured via Google Search

Shobha Iyer - The mysterious gang queen

Shobha Iyer - The mysterious gang queen

Another notorious criminal who has evaded capture for years, Shobha now has a Red corner notice issued against her. Along with a reward for her capture, the fact that there's barely any information about her appearance despite her influence makes her another deadly gangster. Image procured via Google Search

Rubina Siraj Syed - The heroine who was Chhota Shakeel's supplier in jail

Rubina Siraj Syed - The heroine who was Chhota Shakeel's supplier in jail

A hardened criminal, Rubina, also known as heroine, supplied food, arms and money to members of the Chhota Shakeel gang who were behind bars. She used her charm and her several connections to win favour with the right people and get in where nobody else could. Image procured via Google Search

Haji Mastan's secrets

Haji Mastan's secrets

Mastan Haider Mirza was the flashiest of the trio and is remembered to this day, thanks to Amitabh Bachchan's character in Deewaar and much later, Ajay Devgn's character in Once Upon a Time in Mumbai, both of which were based on him. Image procured via Google Search

Haji Mastan's life

Haji Mastan's life

Mastan came to Mumbai with his father in 1934 when he was eight years old. Ten years later, he started working as a coolie at the docks and started smuggling watches, gold bars and transistors. He then ventured into illicit liquor and his fortune kept rising, symbolized by, among other things, a home in the tony Malabar Hill. Image procured via Google Search

Haji Mastan with his wife

Haji Mastan with his wife

He is believed to owe his rise partly to his relationship with Lala and Mudaliar, the three of whom controlled different parts of the city. Mastan's downfall began with his arrest during the Emergency in the 1970s. He died in 1994. Image procured via Google Search

Chhota Rajan

Chhota Rajan

Took over the reins of Bada Rajan's gang after Bada Rajan's murder. Wanted for many criminal cases that include extortion, murder, smuggling, drug trafficking and film finance. Parted ways with Dawood Ibrahim in 1996 after the bombings and formed his own team. Image procured via Google Search

Sandra Ávila Beltrán

Sandra Ávila Beltrán

The woman who was nicknamed as the 'Queen of the Pacific' as she became the leader of a Mexican drug cartel. She was married twice, both her husbands were ex-police turned drug traffickers and were eventually killed by hired hitmen. She left no evidence of the crime but suspicion grew when her son was kidnapped with a ransom of $5 million. In 2007, she was charged with organized crime and drug trafficking offences. She remains behind bars today. Image procured via Google Search

Abu Salem with Monica Bedi

Abu Salem with Monica Bedi

Originally from Azamgarh district in Uttar Pradesh, Salem worked as a cab driver in Delhi and then moved to Mumbai, where he operated a telephone booth at Andheri and was involved in petty crimes. In the 1980s he came in contact with Dawood Ibrahim's brother Anees and became a gun-runner for the gang. Image procured via Google Search

Abu Salem's biggest secrets

Abu Salem's biggest secrets

He is accused of being involved in the 1993 blasts in Mumbai and became infamous for terrorizing Bollywood with threats to filmmakers like Subhash Ghai and Rajiv Rai. He is believed to be behind the killing of music baron Gulshan Kumar. Image procured via Google Search

Abu Salem arrested

Abu Salem arrested

He fell out with Ibrahim in 1998 and was arrested in Lisbon in 2002 along with his actress-girlfriend Monica Bedi and extradited to India in 2005. He was convicted earlier this year of the 1995 murder of builder Pradeep Jain. Image procured via Google Search

Shilpa Zaveri - The one who helped the don get away

Shilpa Zaveri - The one who helped the don get away

A friend of dreaded gangster Samad Khan. When Samad Khan was released on bail in a case by the sessions court, another police team was waiting across the road to re-arrest him another case. Shilpa, a badass driver, drove a car at a high speed to the court doorstep and whisked Samad away in the blink of an eye. Image procured via Google Search

Seema Parihar - The new-age bandit queen

Seema Parihar - The new-age bandit queen

Currently a member of the Samajwadi Party, Seema was kidnapped at the age of 13 and went on to become a fearsome bandit, leading her own gang into several kidnappings, murders and lootings. Claiming inspiration from Phoolan herself, Seema has also appeared on the show Big Boss! Image procured via Google Search

Samaira Jumani - Abu Salem's dreaded ex-wife

Samaira Jumani - Abu Salem's dreaded ex-wife

The ex wife of Gangster Abu Salem was a big part of several intricate extortion bids, bomb blasts and realty frauds. She's been a wanted criminal for years now and is apparently absconding in the US. Image procured via Google Search

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