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India Mafia

Indian Mafia
Founding location India
Territory Active in many parts of India
Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, United States, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Malaysia
Ethnicity Indian
Criminal activities contract killing, counterfeiting, racketeering, drug trafficking, entryism, extortion, loan sharking, murder, human trafficking, money laundering, robbery, bootlegging, arms trafficking, gambling, bribery, prostitution, theft, skimming, illegal gambling, goldsmuggling and fraud
Allies Indo-Canadian gangs

The Indian Mafia is a term associated with criminal organisations such as those categorised as being part of the Indian Mafia. It can be utilised as a designation for any mafia 'syndicate' which orchestrates sophisticated criminal activities based in India.[1][2] It also refers to those powerful families that have criminal aspects to it.[3]

Indian organized crime groups


D-Company is the name given to the organized crime group controlled by Dawood Ibrahim. It has been argued that the D-Company is not a stereotypical organized crime cartel in the strict sense of the word, but rather a collusion of sole criminal and terrorist groups based around Dawood Ibrahim's personal.[4][5]

Indo-Canadian crime groups

A major foreign based crime group are Indo Canadian crime groups which have led to over 100 gang deaths of young men of Indian decent in the country since the 1990s till present day. Indo-Canadian gangs are one of the major organized crime problems and ranked third in Canada next to the motorcycle clubs and Aboriginal criminal groups. These crime groups are mainly active in the provinces of British Columbia, Ontario, and to lesser extent Alberta.

Punjabi Mafia

One of the biggest crime groups is the Punjabi Mafia which has been active in many countries since the 1980's. Many arrests and gang members have been deported back to India due to cooperation with police.

Punjabi Mafia

Founding Location: Punjab, India

Years Active: 1980's-Present

Territory: Greater Toronto, Greater Vancouver, India, Pakistan, United Kingdom, California

Ethnicity: Indian, Punjabi, Sikh

Membership: 500 members and 2000 associates

Criminal Activities: Drug Trafficking, Murder, Extortion, Racketeering, Contract Killing, Fraud, Bombings, Arson, Human Trafficking


India is a major transit point for heroin from the Golden Triangle and Golden Crescent en route to Europe. India is also the world's largest legal grower of opium, and experts estimate that 5–10% of the legal opium is converted into illegal heroin and 8–10% is consumed in high quantities as concentrated liquid. The pharmaceutical industry is also responsible for a lot of illegal production of mandrax, much of which is smuggled into South Africa. Diamond smuggling via South Africa is also a major criminal activity, and diamonds are also sometimes used to disguise shipments of heroin. Finally, a lot of money laundering takes place in the country, mostly through the use of the traditional hawala system, although India has criminalised money laundering as of 2003.[6] [7]

Bollywood connections

The Indian mafia is heavily involved in the Mumbai-based Bollywood film industry, providing films with funding and using them as fronts for other activities. It is rumoured that Dawood Ibrahim controls the film industry, and actors of other religious faiths are forced with threats to give way for his supporters. Although in recent times, police investigations have forced mobsters to make their activities more subtle, for most of Bollywood's existing stars openly displayed their mafia connections, attending parties with mafia dons and using their help to gain new roles.[8]

See also


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  4. ^ "U.S. slaps sanctions against Chhota Shakeel, Tiger Memon". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2012-05-16. 
  5. ^,00300001.htm
  6. ^ Nations Hospitable to Organized Crime and Terrorism - Library of Congress report
  7. ^ "Final film in Indian Gangster Trilogy a Must See". Cinema Strikes Back. 2005-08-24. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  8. ^ BBC News - Analysis - Bollywood and the mafia the most dangerous game in India and the world
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