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Me Against The Mumbai Underworld

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About The Book Me against the Mumbai Underworld is the story of Isaque Bagwan, three-time recipient of the police medal for gallantry. He was a small-town boy who pursued his big –city dreams and ambitions and became an upright police officer. Bagwan, who is credited with carrying out the first encounter in the history of the Mumbai Police, was witness to several of the city's defining moments –the 1980s when smuggling was at an all –time high, the blasts that ...

About The Book

Me against the Mumbai Underworld is the story of Isaque Bagwan, three-time recipient of the police medal for gallantry. He was a small-town boy who pursued his big –city dreams and ambitions and became an upright police officer. Bagwan, who is credited with carrying out the first encounter in the history of the Mumbai Police, was witness to several of the city's defining moments –the 1980s when smuggling was at an all –time high, the blasts that tore through Bombay in the 1990s. the gang wars that rocked the city. And the devasting 26/11 terror. Attack. His life, which has captured the imagination of many writers and film –makers, is presented here in all its gut –wrenching details.

About The Author

Isaque Ibraham Bagwan retired as an assistant commissioner of police in May 2009 after serving in the Mumbai Police for over thirty five years. He was awarded the prestigious police medal for gallantry thrice. According to Mumbai Police records, he is the first officer from the force to have killed a criminal in an encounter a criminal during proceedings in a sessions court in Mumbai.

Bagwan was also praised for his quick thinking and valour, which saved hundreds of lives, by the Pradhan Committee Report that was sanctioned to look into the terror attack. He had taken charge of Nariman House during the deadly assault and restricted the terrorists for over sixteen hour with just twelve men. He also assisted in ensuring the safety of the people in the building around Nariman House until the NSG commandos arrived.


The word 'heroic' is attached with few names, and Isaque Bagwan is one such name in the history of the Mumbai Police. This book outlines the journey of a gusty police officer whose experience throws light on the world of crime in Mumbai, bringing to life scenarios and situations that he came face to face with during his carrier. This book begins like a flashback in a movie. Right from his inspiration to joining the force to his method of solving cases. The book document some unique and interesting based on actual police records. The narrative will undoubtly make the reader respect the Mumbai Police more. The book covers most of the crimes that took place during Bagwan's tenture, making the collection an encyclopedia of sorts. Bagwan's adventure can be a reference for readers looking to understand the Mumbai crime world and will act as guide and inspiration for building officers.


Foreword xiii
Acknowledge xv
List of Abbreviations xvii
1. Firing My Lasts Shot 1
2. 1 June 2009: Down Memory Lane 4
3. My Roots 5
4. Training Vignattes 9
Colaba Police Staiton  
5. First Posting, First Day 13
6. Bahraini Footballer's Murder Case 16
7. 'How Can One Officer Arrest Four Criminals Alone?' 21
8. Five Critical Minutes 26
9.Racecourse Romance turns Sour 27
10. Murder of an Arab National at Shelley's Hotel 31
11. The Bombay Police Are Not Beggars 33
12. Murder of a Famous Hockey Player 36
13. Grand Auto Theft in Colaba: The Domain of Car Theives 39
14. Subhas Narayan Bhatkar, Aka Potya 42
15. Keys, Please! 44
16. Old Habits Die Hard 46
17. Bombay's First Dance Bar: Soniya Mahal 49
18. Iqbal Ismail Sodawala: The Catlyst for Gang War 51
19. Dongri Gang War: Aziz Dilip Vs Rahim Khan 54
20. Sabir: Dawood's Elder Brother 57
Santacruz Police Staition  
21. Chain Snatcher's Arrest Leads to Gold 61
22. Robbery Attempt at Shakti Kapoor's Residence 64
23. Threat to Amitabh Bachchan 66
24. Terror of Juhu Tamed 68
Detection Crime Branch, CID  
25.A Kiddnapping in Board Daylight 73
26. Rashid Arba: The King of Smuggling 77
27. Haji Mastan: The Don of Bombay 80
28. Rajji: Dawood's Aide 82
29. The Spark That Triggered a Gang War 84
30. Gang War Escalates : Dawood Deals a Body Blow 87
31. Rich Boy Gone Astray 90
32. Saved in the Nick of Time 94
33. Flameboyant Pathan Brought to Justice 97
34. First Encounter in the History of Bommbay 100
35. Raj Bhavan Smuggling Case 105
36. Belgian Diamond Robbery 110
37. Stench of a Gutter: Clue to a Kidnapping 112
38. Jaffer Jamal Siddique 119
39. Amirzada's Bravado 123
40. Romance Interupted and a Broken Tooth 125
41. Shaikh Munir's Threat 127
42. Jaffer Jamal Siddique escape from Jail 128
43. An Attempt to Kill Me 131
44. Jaffer Jamal Siddique Rearrested 133
45.Shot in the Dock 135
46. Shootout at Esplande Court 140
47. The Hand of God 142
48. The Iron of Pipe Escape Artiste 144
49. Gang War Erupts 147
50. The End of an Era of Pathan Terror 152
51. The One That Got Away 154
52. Sabrina Traps a Killer: Shaikh Munir 156
Detection Crime Branch: Other Cases  
53. Murder at Thomson General Stores 165
54. A Pakistani smuggler Escapes 170
55. Tiger Menon 173
56. Usha Kiran: Carmichael Road Murder Case 176
57. A Robbery in a Posh Area 182
58. Madhya Pradesh Dacoit Nabbed Twice 185
59. Diamond Pickpocketing Case 188
60. Sugar Turns Bitter 190
61. Informers 192
62. The Awe of the Bombay CID 199
63. Hotel Berry's 203
64. The Hotel Palm Grove Incident 207
65. Harassment in Service 210
66. A History of Perpetual War in Bombay 213
67. Dawood Flees Bombay and India 217
68. Mushtaq Memon, Aka Tiger Memon 218
69. Gallantry Medals Made the Difference 221
70. Tears Turn into Smiles 225
71. So Close, Yet So Far 227
The Crime Branch: Drug Control  
72. Narcotics 231
73. My Accident 236
74. Aga Khan: The Narcotics King 238
75. Niranjan Bhullar 244
76. The Set-Up 246
77. Bernard Ugo Chuko 249
78. Taki Ahmed Shakil Maruf 250
79. Pakistani Drug Lord at a Political Bigiwig's Residence 252
80. Every Police Officer Can Confiscate Narcotics and Arrest Criminals 258
Posted to Colabs Police Staition Again  
81. Ulhas Sea Food Robbery 263
82. The Oyster Apartment Murder: Colabs to Tezpur 266
Cuffle Parade Police Staition  
83. Sena Supremo's Instant Justice 273
Marine Drive Police Staition  
84. The Queen's Necklace 279
85. India vs Australia : Fake Ticket Racket Case 287
86. The Beauty and the Beast 290
87. Constable Sunil More Rape Case 296
Malabar Hill Police Staition  
88. Tricks up My Sleeve 303
89. The Red Lancer 306
Assistant Commissioner of Police  
90. Azad Maiden Division 311
91. 26/11 313
Appendix A 323

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Item Code: NAO885 Author: Isaque Bagwan Cover: Paperback Edition: 2018 Publisher: Penguin Random House India Pvt Ltd ISBN: 9780143443148 Language: English Size: 8.0 inch X 5.0 inch Pages: 342 (43 B/W and 6 Color Illustrations) Other Details: Weight of the Book: 285 gms
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