Fazal-ur-Rehman was a small fry in the dark world of gangsters. It was time and the gradual shifting of bases of the big names that gave this small-time operator the much-needed break in extortion and kidnapping.
According to the Delhi police dossier on the don, Fazlu came into the bigger picture of underworld crime after Dawood Ibrahim shifted base from Dubai to Karachi, Abu Salem shifted from Dubai to Africa and Irfan Goga was killed.
Fazlu, it says, was Babloo Srivastava’s henchman and slowly graduated to becoming a big name in extortion and kidnapping circles in Delhi, Gujarat, UP, Bihar, Mumbai and Kolkata. His operational skills, honed over the years, are reflected in the fact that he has been running simultaneous operations in Delhi with Rajkot in the west and Kolkatta in the east. School dropouts, rural bumpkins and small-time criminals are on his payrolls.
Fazlu, a Muslim Sheikh, was born on July 21, 1967, to Abdul Basit and Jamun in Dharbanga, Bihar. He has six brothers.
It took a special cell team under Joint Commissioner Karnal Singh and DCP Alok Kumar months to track the don who has eluded police for the past nine years.
Fazlu completed schooling from Millat college, Dharbanga, in 1987 and committed his first crime - kidnapping a minor girl - in 1988. He was arrested in this case and remained in jail till 1992. In jail he met notorious criminal Jameel Khan (arrested for murder in Delhi).
After his release, Fazlu started collecting extortion money on behalf of Jameel from Dharbanga.
Later, on Jameel’s direction, he kidnapped a doctor, who was released on ransom. Jameel was later arrested in another case and lodged in Tihar jail in Dlehi in 1993. Fazlu would meet him at Tihar. He kidnapped one Kanwaljeet Singh on Jameel's instructions.
In 1995, Fazlu was arrested and lodged in Tihar, where he got introduced to members of the Babloo gang. After the kidnapping of Gautam Adani, there was a dispute between Jameel and Babloo over the sharing of a Rs 15 crore ransom. On Babloo’s behest, Fazlu killed Jameel, his brother and one Chand Khan in Nepal.
In 1999, he fled to Dubai on a fake Nepali passport. Fazlu had shifted base to Nepal and had kept Jameel's wife in his house.