List of Famous Underworld Gangsters

1950s: Abdul Karim Khan Sher Khan alias Karim Lala sets up gambling and bootlegging dens. He also masters the art of settling disputes.

Vardarajan Mudaliyar
1960s: Emergence of a noteworthy gang in Mumbai with Vardarajan Mudaliyar alias Vardhabhai, a migrant Tamil, as the leader. He spreads his umbrella over smaller gangs in illicit liquor trade. Haji Mastan and Yusuf Patel are other names to reckon with, they are into smuggling of contraband and construction activity.


Dawood Ibrahim
1974:
is arrested for the first time in a smuggling case. Chhota Rajan enters the world of crime by selling cinema tickets in black.


Chota Rajan
1981-84: Shabir,
's elder brother, murdered by Pathan gang. This leads to a bloody war in which the killers are hunted down. aide Bada Rajan is shot dead. flees to Dubai. His brothers Anees and Noora look after operations from Temkar Mohalla in Nagpada.


Chota Shakeel
1987-1990: Almost all rivals of
are eliminated. The only challenger is Arun Gawli. 's close aides including flee to Dubai.


Arun Gawli
1993-94:
triggers serial bomb blasts in Mumbai. Chhota Rajan parts ways accusing of being communal. shifts base to Karachi. Chhota Rajan flees India.


1995-1997:
's plan to eliminate Rajan fails. Chhota Rajan retaliates by killing Sunil Sawant alias Savtya at a hotel in Dubai.


Suresh Manchekar
1997: Gulshan Kumar murdered.
behind the murder.


1998: Salem parts ways with
following fight with Shakeel, moves to Africa.


2000: Near-fatal attack on Chhota Rajan in Bangkok, Rohit Verma is killed.

Abu Salem
2003: Rajan masterminds killing of Sharad Shetty, dealing a severe blow to
. Dubai Police detain several associates. His younger brother Iqbal and bomb blast accused Ejaz Pathan are deported to Mumbai.