The Indian mafia refers to certain criminal organizations found in some of India's major cities. What is referred to as the Mumbai Mafia is an organised body of criminals, is the biggest part of the Indian mafia. Its actual size, and thus the extent of its influence, is unknown because it is the least heard-of internationally. The first of mafia elements, or syndicates, perhaps had their origins in the gambling and bootleg liquor dens set up Karim Lala in the 1940s. He was succeeded by Varadarajan Mudaliar, a Tamil migrant who arrived to Bombay along with an influx of south-Indian migrants. The increasing restrictions placed on the Indian economy by the socialist regimes of those days gave the Bombay underworld increasingly more means by which they could expand their activities. Ramabhai Naik in 1986 gunned down supari-king Karim Lala's nephew, the dreaded Samad Khan, and paved the way for Dawood Ibrahim.
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