The name would sound like a bad Hindi film, full of fake-funny connotations, if it did not represent a man regarded as so vicious and depraved that he holds nothing sacred. Certainly not his own country against which he has orchestrated and financed attacks, bombings and general mayhem.

Yet Dawood Ibrahim seems now only a part of D Company, the idea of organised crime having overtaken even the man. So it is an army of malefactors stretched across several countries, directing the conduct of gang wars, the drug trade and even terrorism. In 2008, it was reported that 'D-Company' is now officially in cahoots with the Lashkar-e-Toiba's terror network, with Pakistan's notorious Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) getting Dawood Ibrahim to merge his gang with the fundamentalist terror organisation as part of a game plan to crank up its anti-India campaign.

This is not so far-fetched when one considers that ISI's links with D-Company are reportedly old enough to go back to 1993 when serial bombs tried to rip Mumbai apart. Payback for the Babri demolition, was the commonly offered reason. As if terrorism could ever have a "godly" core.


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