Mumbai: Is gory gang wars of Mumbai returning once again. The way businessman Iqbal Kaskar, who is a brother mafia don Dawood Ibrahim, was attacked on Tuesday that there is a strong possibility that the mafia dons are coming out of their abodes after long hibernation.
While Kasker escaped unhurt when two unidentified gunmen opened fire at him outside his residence in south Mumbai, an aide was, however, killed in the attack. After the daring attack on his brother, Dawood must be sad man and feeling helpless that somebody can attack his own brother in his turf-Mumbai.
Meanwhile, the police have arrested two assailants. Members of the public managed to catch the fleeing duo and handed them over to the police at the Pydhonie police station. Iqbal’s driver-cum-bodyguard Arif Syed Abubaker sustained bullet injuries in the chest and succumbed soon afterwards.
According to eyewitnesses, Iqbal and his bodyguard were standing outside his home in Pakmodia Street in the congested south Mumbai area around 10 pm, when two people came speedily on a motorcycle and fired at least five rounds in Iqbal’s direction, but missed him.
Arif was fatally injured and later declared dead. Another person, who chased the assailants on a motorcycle, also sustained minor injuries. It may be recalled that Kasker was wanted in connection with a murder case and land-grabbing cases, including the Sara-Sahara Shopping Complex; Iqbal was deported from Dubai in 2003. However, he was acquitted in the cases for lack of sufficient evidence.
If look scan through the pages of gang war, then we observe that after Chota Rajan left Dawood`s gang, the era of gang war started. Those who have seen the days of gang war of Mumbai say that early 80 and 90s have witnessed lot of gang war in Maximum city.
Chota Rajan was the sword arm of don Dawood till the two parted ways over the latter’s role in the Bombay blasts. Differences had arisen in 1992 itself after Dawood henchman Subhash Thakur killed three Chhota Rajan groupies. But after the blasts, they fell out completely, with Rajan positioning himself as a ‘patriotic don’ not wanting to betray his country, and challenging the hegemony of Dawood as a “people’s gangster”.
Over a hundred men have been eliminated in five years since the inter-gang rivalry started in Mumbai. Some top D Company sharp shooters like Mohan Kuttian, Sadhu Shetty and Jaspal Singh too abandoned ship along with Chhota Rajan, who fled Dubai, Dawood’s stronghold, after the bitter parting of ways. Turf battles in Mumbai took the shape of tit-for-tat killings.
In June 1995, the D Company killed hotelier Ramanath Payyade, who paid protection money to Chhota Rajan. Earlier, they killed film producer Mukesk Duggal, who was reportedly an associate of Chhota Rajan. The latter served notice of his challenge to Dawood’s supremacy by killing ace sharp-shooter Sunil Sawant in August. Dawood’s retribution was swift and brutal.
He got builder OP Kukreja, Chhota Rajan’s friend, gunned down. The challenger responded by getting East West Airlines managing director, Thakiyuddin Wahid, bumped off by hired killers in November 1995. But the most sensational killing was that of Mirza Dilshad Beg, Nepal MP and one time minister, who was reportedly a point man for Dawood in Nepal.
In triumphant interviews to the media, Rajan claimed the scalp and said that the Indian intelligence agencies were aware of the plan to kill Beg, who was wanted by India for subversive activity.
It is said that Chota Rajan believed to have assisted intelligence agencies in getting a low down on the activities of the D Company and its members using his intimate knowledge of the gang and its operations. To demonstrate his claims of being a Hindu don, Rajan threatened to kill those accused of engineering the Bombay bomb blasts.
The most prominent accused to be killed was Saleem Kurla in April 1998, followed by Mohammad Jindran in June 1998 and Majid Khan on March 1, 1999. The D Company retaliated by killing Shiv Sena pramukh Mohammad Saleem. The Shiv Sena, which ruled Maharashtra along with the BJP from 1994 to 1999, is believed to have a soft corner for the ‘Hindu Don’.
It is alleged that selective police action against the Dawood gangsters during the Shiv Sena regime and their elimination in encounters helped strengthen Rajan’s position, just as Dawood himself had benefitted in the 1980s. The Sena laid bare its affection for Chota Rajan in an editorial in Saamna, its mouthpiece, edited by Bal Thackeray.
The editorial heaved a sigh of relief, attributing Chota rajan’s survival to “good fortune’’. Saamna alleges that Pakistani ISI was behind the move to kill Chota Rajan. In February 2010, Chotta Rajan gang assassinated Jamim Shah, a third-generation Nepali media baron of Muslim Kashmiri origin. Shah allegedly had links with Dawood Ibrahim and Pakistan`s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and was the kingpin of a racket producing fake Indian money in the Himalayan nation. His anti-India activities had rankled New Delhi for more than a decade and half.