• Harshita Malhotra

Top 10 most wanted criminals in India

Updated: Sep 30


Attacks and bombings that shocked the nation have left India with a great deal of grief. Families and the country lamented the loss of life during those times.


Such major catastrophes were the work of numerous gangsters and masterminds who were among the most sought criminals in India.



See the list of India's Top 10 Most Wanted Criminals



1- Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar

One of the most wanted criminals in India is Dawood Ibrahim. He was the brains behind the devastating 1993 Mumbai bombing, which left 350 people dead and 1200 injured. The largest mobster, Dawood Ibrahim, is the son of a Maharastra police officer and is said to have participated in the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks. He is also said to have maintained close ties with Osama Bin Laden, the former leader of Al Qaeda. Additionally, he was involved in the IPL Scandal regarding sport fixing.



2. Syed Salahuddin

Syed Salahuddin, the leader of the Kashmiri militant group Hizbul Mujahideen, which is pro-Pakistan and seeks to integrate Kashmir with Pakistan, is the second most sought criminal in India and is on the NIA's most wanted list. It is reported that Syed's group has ties to the ISI and receives support from Pakistan. Syed Salahuddin is to blame for the ongoing and frequent terrorist strikes in Jammu and Kashmir.




3. Sajid Mir

The commander of the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba, Sajid Mir, is the third most sought criminal in India. Sajid, a cricket enthusiast who had moved to India in 2005, was getting ready for the November 2008 Mumbai Attack. According to Western Intelligence Sources, Sajid Mir and Abdur Rehman Hashim, a nominal military officer who came to New Delhi with him, are being detained in a safe house controlled by the ISI Directorate.




4. Masood Azhar

Masood Azhar is the fourth most wanted criminal in India. In Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, the militant organisation Jais-e-Mohammed is run by Mastoid. The hijacked Indian Airlines flight eventually landed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, which was then under the Taliban Regime's control. A hat is a terrorist who was released by the Indian government in December 1999 in return for passengers. His terrorist group was responsible for the attacks on the parliament in 2001, and as of right now, he is thought to have been hiding in Pakistan.




5. Ilyas Kashmiri

Ilyas Kashmiri, the head of the terrorist group Harkat-Ul-Jehadi Islami, is the fifth most wanted criminal in India. Ilyas is an Al Qaeda member who carried out the explosion at the German Bakery in Pune, the Mumbai attack on November 11, 2002, the attack on the American Center in Kolkata, and the explosions in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, and Jaipur in 2008. He was reportedly killed in a US drone strike in 2011, however this was later disputed.





6. Chhota Shakeel

A close friend of Dawood Ibrahim's, Chhota Shakeel is the sixth most wanted gangster in India. The 1993 Mumbai bombings and the September 2001 attack on Chhota Rajan in Bangkok both involved Chhota Shakeel. He fled from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia after Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden was killed.




7. Major Iqbal

Major Iqbal, one of the 26/11 attack conspirators, is the second most wanted felon on the list. He is an ISI official and a major in the Pakistani army. David Headley, a Pakistani-American businessman who earlier served as an informant for the US Drug and Enforcement Administration, personally recruited, trained, and oversaw Major Iqbal as his chief representative for his reconnaissance operations in India.




8. Hafeez Muhammad Saeed

Hafeez Muhammad Saeed, a co-founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba and the leader of Jama'at-ud-Da'Wah, is the ninth most wanted gangster in India. In December 2008, the UN designated him as a terrorist group. He is charged with planning the attacks of September 11th, and he publicly criticises India. Despite being placed under house arrest following the attacks of September 11, 2001, he continued to organise protests against the US and India.\




9. Anees Ibrahim

The same family also has another wanted felon on its roster. Anees Ibrahim is Dawood Ibrahim's younger brother. Involved, charged, and named as a co-defendant in every crime Dawood Ibrahim is accused of committing is a need. He is in charge of planning activities including phoney currency, extortion, and drug dealing.




10. Zaki-Ur-Rehman Lakhvi

Zaki-Ur-Rehman Lakhvi is the last-but-not-least-wanted criminal in India. He is the organization's founder. Along with Hafeez Saeed, he is another mastermind behind the 26/11 attack. The most dangerous terrorist organisation operating in India, Lashkar-e-Taiba has committed numerous strikes there.