Michela Mutovciev Prem Mahadevan Kartikeya Tripathi Junaid Qureshi Geeta Datta

Drugs, Thugs and Terrorism: the experience of India

A Talk by Junaid Qureshi , Geeta Datta , Dr. Prem Mahadevan , Kartikeya Tripathi and Michela Mutovciev

About this Talk

This Roundtable Discussion will examine the question of how organized crime and political militancy interact in the Indian context. It will look at the role of mafia syndicates in perpetrating international terrorism, and will focus on Mumbai‚Äôs D-Company and drug gangs along the India-Pakistan border. The Mumbai bombings of 1993, which were carried out by D-Company, remain perhaps the strongest example of a crime-terror convergence but their sheer destructiveness has tended to make them an outlier case. This Roundtable will set the example of D-Company in perspective, by looking at the broader geopolitical and socio-economic context within which criminals turn to political violence. 

19 October 2023, 05:30 AM

05:30 AM - 06:45 AM

About The Speakers

Junaid Qureshi

Junaid Qureshi

Director European Foundation for South Asian Studies


Geeta Datta

Geeta Datta

News 9 Plus


Prem Mahadevan

Dr. Prem Mahadevan

Specialised in research on organised crime, intelligence and irregular warfare. At the GI-TOC, he has researched on cybersecurity threats, environmental crime, as well as linkages between political militancy and violent criminality.


Kartikeya Tripathi

Kartikeya Tripathi

University College London


Michela Mutovciev

Michela Mutovciev

Research Analyst, European Foundation for South Asian Studies

Specialised in research on terrorism, geopolitics, and socio-economic issues in South Asian countries. She has researched climate change socio-economic effects in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh, and terrorist financing methods.