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D Company
Founding location Dongri, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Years active 1976–present
Territory India, Pakistan, South Africa, Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Dubai
Ethnicity Indian, mainly Konkani Muslims[1]
Membership (est.) Estimated 5,000 full members, with 100,000+ associates in and out of prison
Criminal activities Murder, smuggling, bribery, corruption, drug trafficking, extortion, racketeering, film finance, gunrunning, terrorism, bombing, theft, contract killing, money laundering, counterfeiting, political corruption, fraud, real estate, betting
Allies LeT, Boko Haram[2] Al-Qaeda, Taliban[3]
Rivals Chota Rajan gang, Ravi Pujari gang, Ali Budesh gang, Ejaz Lakdawala gang, Arun Gawli gang, Russian Mafia

Dawood Company is a term coined by the media for the organized criminal group controlled by wanted terrorist and crime boss Dawood Ibrahim


Dawood Ibrahim established a criminal syndicate in the 1980s.[4]


Other prominent members of the gang include Chhota Shakeel, Aashir Sheikh, Tiger Memon,[5] Yakub Memon, and Abu Salem. The organization has a history of rivalry with the Mumbai police and other underworld dons such as Chhota Rajan, Ejaz Lakdawala, who was arrested in Canada in 2004, and Arun Gawli.


In the nineteen seventies, when Dawood Ibrahim and his elder brother first formed their own gang, they called it "The Young Company" imitated after the "Byculla Company" which was a gang of Maharashtrian gang members- Rama Naik, Babu Reshim and Arun Gawli from Central Mumbai. As Dawood rose to be the most powerful don of Mumbai's underworld, his gang was called the "D-Company". In 1993, D-Company associates undertook the 1993 Bombay bombings.[citation needed]

In 2011, Indian intelligence agencies managed to link Dawood Company with the 2G spectrum scam, through DB Realty and DB Etisalat (formerly Swan Telecom) promoted by Shahid Balwa. Later in March, security at CBI headquarters in Delhi was tightened after it had been suggested that D-Company might launch an attack in an attempt to destroy documents relating to the ongoing probe of the 2G spectrum scam.[6][7]

In popular culture[edit]

At times, Dawood Company has been linked to the Bollywood film industry, as well as real estate and betting businesses, from which it is said to derive considerable revenue. The 2002 film Company is based loosely on its activities, as well as its sequel (prequel to events in the movie) the 2005 film D, Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007), and the 2010 film Once Upon a Time in Mumbai.[8] The 2013 movie Shootout at Wadala is based on the rise of the D-Company.

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