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For the 2013 Malayalam film, see D Company (film).
D Company
Founding location Dongri, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Years active 1976–present
Territory India, Pakistan, U.A.E, South Africa, Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Germany, France, United Kingdom
Ethnicity Indian, mainly Konkani Muslims[1]
Membership 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, Russian Mafia, Triads, Pakistani mafia
Rivals Chota Rajan gang, Ravi Pujari gang, Ali Budesh gang, Ejaz Lakdawala gang, Arun Gawli gang

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.[3]


Other prominent members of the gang include Chhota Shakeel, Tiger Memon,[4] 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 1993, D-Company associates undertook the 1993 Bombay bombings.

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.[5][6]

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, the 2005 film D, Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007), and the 2010 film Once Upon a Time in Mumbai.[7] The 2013 movie Shootout at Wadala is based on the rise of the D-Company.

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

  • Flonnet.com, "'D' Company on the run?" FrontLine magazine report, volume 20, issue 04, 15–28 February 2003
  • HindustanTimes.com, Godfather III: The Terrorist
  • OutlookIndia.com, Indian Mafia, their Ties, Updates and Experts' Opinions