Interesting article on Lahore underworld - Bad blood the cause of hundreds of deaths

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http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_26-4-2004_pg7_25

Bad blood the cause of hundreds of deaths

By Shahnawaz Khan

Lahore Last Thursday’s murder of Zafri Nath and four others at Lakshmi Chowk was the result of another old enmity that has claimed many lives in Lahore’s criminal underground over the years. Here are four of the most violent gangland rivalries, some of them still unfinished.

Tipu escapes twice This fierce rivalry began on October 2,1994, when Hanif, alias Hanifa, and Shafique, alias Baba, tried but failed to assassinate their former friend Arif Ameer, alias Tipu. However, two days later, Ameerudin, alias Billa Truckanwala, Tipu’s father, was killed in the courtyard of his goods transport company in Shah Alam Chowk.

Hanifa and Baba formed a powerful gang that included notorious criminals Nawaz Butt, alias Naji Butt, Bohla Suniara, Humayun Gujjar, Ehsan, alias Shana Butt, Waheed, alias Waheedian, Mian Dawood, Sana Gujjar, Kalia, Pinki, Amir Butt, Khalid Chitta, Khalid Nai Wallah and Shahid Lamba. They later merged with the group led by Khawaja Tareef Gulshan, alias Teefi Butt, and Khawaja Shakeel, alias Gogi Butt.

Only Wahidian, Pinki, Khalid Chitta, Shahid Lamba and Khalid Naiwala survive of the original gang.

They are believed responsible for another failed assassination attempt on Tipu outside the Evacuee Trust Property Board building in May last year. This time, however, there were five deaths when two men on foot opened fire on a car. Eleven others were injured, including Tipu.

The murder of Zafri Nath and four others last Thursday is believed to be related to this incident. Tipu, an accused in the case, claims he was only nominated so he would give in to pressure from Goggi Butt and Teefi Butt to drop his complaint against them in the Evacuee Board case.

Zafri Nath himself was part of a gang with Kaloo Shah Puria that had a rivalry with Malik Nisar Khokhar. Puria and Khokhar were relatives, but split in a dispute over property. The feud has been particularly expensive for the Nisar family, which has only one surviving male.

Zafri Nath was also the son of Noori Nath, a famous gangster and subject of the hit Punjabi film Maula Jatt.

Gangs of Gowalmandi The rivalry between Chaudhry Maqsood, alias Sooda, and Amjad Gujjar has cost at least eighteen lives in the past few years. The two were once class fellows and friends, but politics drove them apart.

The bad blood started in 1989 when Mian Shahbaz Sharif, former Punjab chief minister, inaugurate Maqsood’s Muslim League election office and Jehangir Bader, former federal minister, inaugurated Amjad’s People’s Party election office. The offices were situated opposite each other in Bagwan Bazaar in Gowalmandi.

A few days later, some PML workers killed Amjad following a scuffle that began over politics. Afzal, Amjad’s brother, started pursuing the murder case. Maqsood’s group reportedly planted a heroine smuggling case on Afzal. He was arrested and incarcerated and died in prison, allegedly of poisoning by an agent sent by Maqsood.

Heera, another of Amjad’s brother, killed Muhammad Arif, one of Maqsood’s friends, in retaliation in 1992. Heera also later killed Maqsood in Gowalmandi Bazaar, Maqsood’s younger brother and another friend, Muhammad Talib, with a gang that included Haji Goga, Labha Gujjar and Billa Gujjar.

Maqsood’s group took revenge by killing Mushtaqi, Heera’s nephew. Naseerullah Kata of Maqsood’s group was next to die in the full-blown gang war.

Heera, Labha Gujjar and Haji Goga were arrested and were killed in a shootout with police. Heera’s supporters alleged the encounter was stage-managed by the then Gowalmandi station house officer, Mian Saqib.

Two other members of Maqsood’s group were killed in Shadbagh a couple of years ago.

Kashmiri and sons Noora Kashmiri was once the bodyguard of former Punjab Assembly member Sheikh Muhammad Asghar, but later switched allegiance to his rival Mian Miraj Din, alias Maja Sikh, and was one of his eventual assassins.

Kashmiri and his cousin Bheela Butt had killed Muhammad Arif, Maja Sikh’s son, several years ago. However, Kashmiri and his cousin joined the Maja Sikh group and took part in the assassination of Asghar.

Asghar’s group retaliated with the murder of Bashir alias Bashira Mochal of Maja Sikh’s group. Sikh’s gang then killed Muhammad Abbas, alias Basso, and Muneer, alias Meero, in the Basin area.

Bashi Bhutta of the Asghar group retaliated by shooting Kashmiri, Bheela Butt and Maja Sikh, but all three survived. Bhutta did not. A few days later, he and his two brothers were gunned down.

Akhtar Khan filed a complaint to the police. He was killed by one of Kashmiri’s thirteen sons, Moazzam, in the Lahore High Court.

There were then a series of clashes between police and the Sikh gang. Baghbanpura police arrested Kashimiri in 1989, but Moazzam and his accomplices freed him with a daring attack on the police station he was locked up in.

A few days later, police arrested Bahawal, alias Gonga, a member of the Maja Sikh group, and raided several of the gang’s hideouts Bhawal led them to. One such raid led to an encounter in which Bhawal was killed, three of his gang colleagues were injured and Saabi, another son of Kashmiri’s, was arrested.

Noora Kashmiri then got involved in another gangland rivalry, peppering Babar Butt’s house in Lakho Dehr with bullets. One of them injured Babar’s mother. Babar got his revenge by killing Kashmiri. His cousin and long-time associate Bheela Butt died a few years later of natural causes.

Babar Butt and his bodyguards were recently nominated accused in the murder of a cyclist in front of the Civil Secretariat. They claimed a rival gang had shot at them and they returned fire, accidentally hitting the cyclist.

However, the Kashmiri family’s involvement in crime continued. A relative of Kashmiri’s, Mohsin Butt was killed in a minor dispute by brothers Haroon and Humayun in 1998. The brothers were arrested and locked up in Bhagbanpura police station, where Kashmiri’s sons killed them.

Kashmiri’s son Azam, and associates Khadim Hussain and Imtiaz alias Bhanee were killed in a police encounter. Another member of the family, Shaqoo Butt, was killed by the Mayo gang of Bhaseen Pind. His killing was avenged by Shafqat Butt, alias Bagg, and Mujahid, alias Mujahidi, who killed Mangle Mayo and his son. They were arrested but later released.

Gujjar clan war This enmity began eight years ago when Chaudhry Rehmat Ali Gujjar, alias Sukkur Rang Mehal Wallah, and his brother Ashiq Gujjar murdered Ilyas Gujjar, alias Toni Gujjar. They too were once close friends.

Toni’s brother Afzal filed a complaint to Badamibagh police against Rehmat. A few months later, he and his friend Riaz Gujjar were murdered on their way to court on the Old Ravi Bridge. Jaffar Gujjar, Rehmat Ali and Kaka of Ashiq’s party are on death row for that murder.

Toni’s brother Mehdi Hussain Gujjar and nephew Yaseen Gujjar later murdered Ashiq, his brother Haji Shaukat Gujjar, his nephew Haji Abid Gujjar and uncle Haji Muhammad Siddique Gujjar on July 18, 2000, near Aiwan-e-Adal. Ashiq’s ally Ilyas later died in jail. The two groups reconciled in July last year after mediation from a senior police officer.

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Salaam,

I wonder what the attorney general and IG are upto. I mean all these murders and motives available and absolutley not attempt at prevention. The only murders prevented were d/t escapes etc. Why don't they infiltrate and disrupt such long lasting rival revenge cycles?

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Salaam,

I wonder what the attorney general and IG are upto. I mean all these murders and motives available and absolutley not attempt at prevention. The only murders prevented were d/t escapes etc. Why don't they infiltrate and disrupt such long lasting rival revenge cycles?

Dr Behjat Sahib,

As long as I can remember, Gowalmandi and Qila Gujar Singh have been (virtually) synonymous with typical Lahori “Badmashi’ and “Goondagardi” :o:o , only the leadership has changed hands.

Mian Shabaz Sharif, Mian Nawaz Sharif and several Kashmiri Amratsari families over the years have been the de-facto leaders and traditionally controlled Gawalmandi and Qila Gujjar Singh through "badmashi" and its criminal politics. It has always been difficult to do business in Gawalmandi (Food Street) without support from these families. There is abundance of evidence against the criminal activities of these people but they call the shots, whether it is “Food Street”, or “new food street” the long block between “Old Anarkali” and the Mall.

Who would blow the whistle on their crimes when police and management of Food Street are part of it?

Urdu media can through a monkey wrench :D:D by regularly reporting crimes of these people.

"Billi Agar Dood Ki Rakhwali Karegi Tou Nateeja Saaf Zahir Hai"

regards

majithia

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