Mumbai: Senior Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday claimed that former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi used to visit Yariniar Don Karim Lala in Mumbai.
Recalling the days of the underworld in Mumbai, Raut, who was earlier a journalist, said that gangsters like Dawood Ibrahim, Chhota Shakeel, and Sharad Shetty controlled the metropolis and surrounding areas.
They used to decide who would be the police commissioner, who would sit in the ‘ministry’ (secretariat), Raut said in an interview to a media group during an award ceremony here.
“When Haji Mastan came to the ‘Ministry’, the whole ‘Ministry’ came down to see him. Indira Gandhi used to come to meet Karim Lala in Paidhoni (in South Mumbai),” claimed Raut, whose party had a The alliance was formed. Government with NCP and Congress in Maharashtra last year.
Lala, who operated a liquor smuggling, gambling, and extortion racket from the 1960s to 1980s in Mumbai, died in 2002. “Those were the days of the underworld. Later, everyone (dons) ran away from the country. There is nothing like it now,” said the Sena Rajya Sabha member
Asked if there was a picture of the underworld dons, Raut claimed that he clicked pictures of several gangsters including Dawood Ibrahim, a key accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blast case.
The Sena leader also claimed that he had once rebuked Dawood Ibrahim. “I have seen him, I have met him, I have spoken to him and I have also admonished him,” he added.
(With Agency Inputs)