PHOTOS: Robinhoods who scare world's most-wanted Dawood Ibrahim
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- 2 of 7Mukhtar Ansari: A politician from Maunath Bhanjan or Mau in Eastern Uttar Pradesh, Mukhtar Ansari was perhaps the most celebrated of a group of Robinhood bosses who gained prominence in the 1990s. Ansari was initially a member of the Makhanu Singh gang, which clashed with Sahib Singh's gang over Ghazipur's lucrative contract work mafia, estimated at more than Rs 200 crore a year. Eventually, Makhanu Singh killed Sahib Singh, resulting in brutal reprisals. Ansari's main mafia activity is in coal mining, railway construction and scrap disposal and Public Works construction.
- 3 of 7Belonging to the Samajwadi Party, Ateeq Ahmad was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha from the Phulpur Lok Sabha Constituency in Uttar Pradesh in 2004-2009. He is currently in prison facing trial in 35 criminal cases including several cases of murder and is viewed as one of the most powerful ganglords in the Allahabad region. As of February 2008, his gang is said to be 134 strong.
- 4 of 7Raghuraj Pratap Singh, better known as Raja Bhaiya, has been an MLA from Kunda since 1993. He was 26 when he won his political spurs, first proving his usefulness to his political masters in 1997 when he split the BSP to help form the BJP government in UP. A majority of MLAs who defected from BSP were thakurs. In May 2002, Mayawati's BSP emerged as the single largest party and she formed the ministry that lasted a year. She had her revenge by booking him under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) after police found one AK-56 assault rifle, 36 cartridges, two wireless sets and 800 gm explosive from his palace in January 2003. There were 44 criminal cases against him then, including extortion, land-grabbing (which included a lake owned by the government), misusing public property, and threatening public servants. He was packed off to jail by the Mayawati government.
- 5 of 7Dhananjay Singh: The two-year-old bonhomie between mafia-turned-politician Dhananjay Singh and Bahujan Samaj Party leaders has turned sour over the past five months. Jaunpur MP Dhananjay Singh, owing to his proximity to BSP leaders, used to have a decisive say in several matters, especially government contracts. Singh, who has 29 cases registered against him, was perhaps the only one among the mafia-turned-politicians of his age - barely 36 - to climb up the political stairs. He was elected MLA twice and then became an MP. With white-collared mafia gang number IZ (inter-zonal)-247 gang leader and history sheet number 12A against his name, Singh, a resident of Bansafa village under Sikrara police station in Jaunpur, shot into limelight while pursuing education at Lucknow University in late 90s. From murder to attempt to murder, FIRs were lodged against him in most of the heinous crimes.
- 6 of 7Brijesh Singh: A lesser known political party - Pragatisheel Manav Samaj Party (PMSP) - had fielded mafia don Brijesh Singh from Saiyyedraja assembly constituency in Chandauli district for 2012 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. An absconder for over a decade, this dreaded mafia don was arrested in Orissa in 2008, where he was living under a different identity as a builder and running a real estate business. Since then, he is lodged in jail and several criminal cases are pending against him in different courts of the country.
- 7 of 7In the battle of supremacy, the two gangsters -- Hari Shanker Tiwari and Virendra Pratap Shahi -- and their aides executed approximately 50 murders. Shahi was shot dead in 1997 by a new kid on the block, who had a meteoric rise and equally brisk fall -- Sriprakash Shukla. He wanted to stamp his supremacy over the two older ones, thus bringing an end to one of the longest gang wars. Tiwari is now in active politics for the past three decades. Tiwari even got a cabinet berth in governments headed by Mulayam Singh Yadav, Kalyan Singh and Mayawati.