India Mafia

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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[edit]


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[edit]

A major foreign based crime group are Indo Canadian crime groups which have led to over 100 gang deaths of young men of Indian descent 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[edit]

One of the biggest crime groups is the Punjabi Mafia which has been active in many countries since the 1980s. Many arrests and gang members have been deported back to India due to cooperation with police. The Punjabi Mafia is said to control 60% of organized crime in India and brings in 80 to 120 million dollars a year.

Punjabi Mafia
Founding location Punjab, India
Territory Canada, Pakistan, United Kingdom, United States
Ethnicity Punjabi, Sikh, Indian
Criminal activities contract killing, racketeering, drug trafficking, loan sharking, murder, human trafficking, money laundering, robbery, arms trafficking, prostitution, theft,

Foreign based Indian crime groups[edit]


In the 80s Toronto and Vancouver had a Punjabi Mafia and Tamil Mafia presence in Toronto, and also an Indo-Canadian Mafia with Indians of all nationalities in Canada. All Mafias had once been disabled in the 80s by police. However, many gangs still exist.

Toronto had many Tamil organized crime groups and street gangs throughout the 90s and early 2000s to even 2005. VVT and AK Kannan were the most dangerous of all Tamil gangs and had a bloody war throughout Toronto in the mid 90s to 2000. Tamil organized crime groups had connections from Ottawa and Montreal and were active. Important gang members were sent back to India. Tamil gangs mostly exist in Scarborough, Rexdale and North York.

Toronto also has Punjabi gangs linking back to either the Punjabi Mafia or Indo-Canadian Mafia. Many Punjabi gangs have also been disabled after the deportation of important gang members but smaller gangs still exist. Punjabi gangs exist mostly in Brampton, and Rexdale.

Vancouver has a strong Indo-Canadian gang presence. Most of them Punjabi origin like the Brown Side Thugs in Surrey, Daku Soldiers, Dhak/Duhre gang, Surrey Jacks, and many more. In the 1990s these Indo-Canadian gangs had a bloody war to get control over British Columbia's Drug Trade in Canada. Many of these gangs still exist in Vancouver.


London has many Indian Gangs. Organized Crime groups like the Tamil Snake Gang was taken down by the Tamil Task force in London. Hackney and Croydon is where Tamil gangs mostly exist. Punjabi gangs such as Shere-E-Punjab in Southall were made to protect there women from Pakistani grooming gangs. However many of these Indian gangs can be found anywhere in London.

United States[edit]

Indian American gangs can be found in New Jersey, New York, and California.


In Malaysia Indians made up 70% of gang members in Malaysia but only made about 8% of the countries population.


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[edit]

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[edit]


  1. ^ "Can Narendra Modi bring Dawood Ibrahim back to India from Pakistan?". dna. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Know about Haji Mastan, the first underworld don of Mumbai". Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "U.S. slaps sanctions against Chhota Shakeel, Tiger Memon". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2012-05-16. 
  5. ^ "Untitled Page". Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  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