India’s most wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahim, an accused in the 1993 Mumbai terror attacks, has emerged as the world’s second most wanted man, next only to a Mexican drug lord, after the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
According to The World’s Most Wanted list published by The Guardian, like bin Laden, Ibrahim “may well be based in Pakistan.” “The most wanted man in India heads up a 5,000-strong organised crime network called the D-Company that is involved in everything from drugs trafficking to contract killing in Pakistan, India and the UAE,” the publication said.
“He is currently on the Interpol wanted list for organised crime and counterfeiting, besides association with al-Qaeda. According to Washington, Dawood uses the same smuggling routes as al-Qaeda, and has worked with both the mother organisation and its off-shoot Lashkar-e-Toiba, responsible for the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.
He is also suspected in the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people and wounded 713.” After the death of Osama, Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo Guzman is World’s most wanted man.
“El Chapo” or “Shorty” heads an international drug trafficking organisation, the Sinaloa cartel, and became Mexico’s top drug kingpin in 2003 after the arrest of his rival Osiel Cardenas of the Gulf Cartel.
He appears simultaneously on Forbes’s lists of the world’s most powerful, most wealthy and most wanted men. Ruthless and determined, Guzman has succeeded in turning Ciudad Juarez, a strategic smuggling point that overlooks El Paso, Texas, into one of the murder capitals of the world through mind-numbingly brutal battles against both the Gulf and La Linea cartels, leaving thousands dead.
A faction from La Linea has recently defected to Shorty’s side, a local street gang, the Mexicles, has sub-contracted its services in killing, kidnapping, drug dealing and extorting; and even elements of the police and army seem to have thrown their lot in with him.
Sinaloa smuggles many tonnes of cocaine from Colombia through Mexico into the United States, and is also heavily involved in Mexican methamphetamine, marijuana and heroin.
The third in the world’s most wanted list is Semion Mogilevich, Russian ‘boss of bosses’. Arrested in Russia for tax evasion in 2008, Ukrainian-born Mogilevich was released in 2009.
Wanted in the US in connection with a USD 150 share fraud; believed by both European and US law enforcement agencies to be the “boss of bosses” of most Russian mafia syndicates in the world.
He is also described as “the most dangerous mobster in the world”. Others listed are Matteo Messina Denaro, Cosa Nostra kingpin, Sicilian mafioso, 4th, Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, Uzbek mobster, 5th, Felicien Kabuga, mastermind of genocide in Rwanda, 6th, Joseph Kony, Ugandan guerrilla leader, 7th, James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, Old-school US mobster, 8th, Omid ‘Nino’ Tahvili, Head of Canadian crime group, 9th and Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al-Qaeda number two, 10th.