Aftab Ahmed Khan

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Aftab Ahmed Khan 'IPS' is a former Indian Police Service officer, turned politician from Mumbai, India, noted for his encounter killings of gangsters from the Mumbai organized crime syndicates.

An officer of the Indian Police Service, Khan was a Deputy Inspector General of Police in Maharashtra state in the 1980s. He shot into fame with the shootout at the Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri, in which seven gangsters including Maya Dolas and Dilip Buwa were killed in 1991.

In the mid-1990s, Khan sought to build on his media image by joining politics. Initially expressing interest in joining the Samajwadi Party, he eventually went with the Janata Dal, with whom he stood elections in the Mumbai North-west constituency in 1998.[1]

Currently he helps run a private security agency that he set up in 1996 along with his son.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

In 2007, director Apoorva Lakhia directed the Bollywood crime film Shootout at Lokhandwala, which was based on the 1991 Lokhandwala Complex shootout led by Aftab Ahmed Khan. Khan was also portrayed in the film as Additional Police Commissioner Shamsher Khan played by Sanjay Dutt. Also, Aftab Ahmed Khan played a supporting role in the film himself, as a police commissioner.


  1. ^ S Hussain Zaidi (1998-02-05). ""Mr Controversy" seeks a clean ticket". Indian Express. Retrieved 2007-05-23. 
  2. ^ Syed Firdaus Ashraf (2007-05-22). "Meet the man behind the Lokhandwala shootout". Retrieved 2007-05-24.