20 January, 2021

New Tricks Of The Trade

IN the last two years, extortion has been the mainstay of the Mumbai underworld.

New Tricks Of The Trade
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IN the last two years, extortion has been the mainstay of the Mumbai underworld. Once profits from  hawala plummeted, thanks to the Voluntary Declaration Scheme of the government, and non-resident dons refused to pump in the money they made from the international narcotics trade into Mumbai, local representatives of Dawood Ibrahim and Chotta Rajan looked to other sources for finances—with the blessings of the 'Bhais'.

All it requires is a phone call from Dubai or Malaysia for a businessman or a film producer or actor to panic. Ever since Dawood has been holed up in a Karachi hideout, his brother Anees or henchman Abu Salem conduct operations. The modus operandi is simple. Once a target is identified, the Mumbai operatives contact the 'victim' and direct him to call a particular number abroad. "Bhai would like to speak to you. Call him," is a typical one-liner; or "get in touch with Nana" if the gang in question is Chotta Rajan's.

It is at this stage that the police needs to be alerted, which is never done. The pet gangland line—that the police...

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