It was the early 1980s when Agra resident Basiran moved to the Capital with her husband. They got shelter at Navjeevan Camp in South Delhi's Govindpuri area, but struggled to find a source of income.
The couple then turned to a life of crime, starting with the sale of illicit liquor. Basiran, in particular, went deeper and deeper into the city's underworld. Over the years, with the help of her eight sons, the 62-year-old allegedly became a queen-pin of crime in the Capital with a taste for murder, extortion, land-grabbing and even black-marketing of water.
Delhi Police on Saturday announced the arrest of Basiran, alias Mummy, who along with her family have 113 cases against them.
"Basiran is a dreaded gangster who would take contracts to eliminate people. She was on the run since January this year after police found her hand in the murder of a youth in September 2017. She came to Sangam Vihar on Friday to meet her family members and was caught by police," said Romil Baaniya, deputy commissioner of police, south district.
The DCP said Basiran had taken a contract of Rs 60,000 to kill a youth by his stepsister. Days later, police found a burnt and decomposed body in a forested area.
"During investigation, cops apprehended a juvenile in January 2018 and he revealed the involvement of Basiran. Her three close aides -- Aakash alias Akki, Vikash alias Vikki, and Neeraj alias Jaggi -- drugged Miraz, took him to the forest and strangled him with a belt. Thereafter, the accused burnt the body and buried the remains in the forest," Baaniya said.
Basiran anticipated her arrest and fled from Delhi. She moved around in Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Mainpuri and Ferozabad for about eight months. After police filed a property attachment case at Saket court and the decision came in their favour, Basiran returned to the city to form a strategy.
Police officers say the lady don motivated her sons to join the world of crime and spread fear of her name among locals.
She saw an opportunity in Sangam Vihar's perennial water scarcity and planned to capture the government water bodies and borewells in the area. She and her family became the water tanker mafia of the region, flourishing particularly in the summers.
To tackle her and others like her, Delhi Police imposed the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) 1999 in Sangam Vihar.
"Basiran established her dominance in the area with the help of her criminal sons. They are highly motivated with the personality and attitude of their mother. They have captured water bodies of the region and started to sell water to earn easy money," Baaniya said.
Officers say Samim alias Gunga, the most dangerous of Basiran's sons, has 42 cases of murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, Arms Act, extortion, robbery and dacoity against his name. Besides him, among the other sons, Shalik has 15 such cases, Walik has 13, Faisal 9, Sunny Khan has 9, Rahul Khan 3 and Salman has 2 cases.
Apart from them, Basiran also has a juvenile son, who too is an accused in murder and extortion cases.