Manya Surve: The 70’s Ruthless Mafia of Mumbai underworld

Manya surve

Manya Surve’s real name was Manohar Arjun Surve. Since his gang people used to call him Manya, his name was also recorded in police records as Manya Surve. He was not born in Mumbai, but he grew up, read and grew up in Mumbai. He did his graduation (BA) from Kirti College in Mumbai and when he came into the world of crime, he also joined some of his friends studying with him in his gang.

Manya Surve: The Underworld Don

Manya brought her half-brother Bhargava Dada to the world of crime. Bhargava had a great panic in Dadar area during his time. In 1969, along with Bhargava and his friend Manya Podhakar, Manya Surve murdered a Dandekar. All three were arrested in this murder, they were tried and all three were sentenced to life imprisonment.

Manya surve
Manya Surve: The 70’s Ruthless Mafia of Mumbai underworld

After sentencing, he was shifted to Yerwada Jail in Pune, not Mumbai. But due to the punishment, Manya Surve did not improve, but became more dangerous. He became so terrorized in Yerwada jail that he started beating and killing the rivals Don Suhas Bhatkar.

The troubled prison administration immediately decided to remove him from there and then sent him to Ratnagiri Jail. Angry Manya Surve then went on a hunger strike in Ratnagiri Jail. During the strike, he continued to read a popular foreign novel, which had many unique modus operandi written on the loot.

Manya Surve’s encounter was done by Ishaq Bagwan, ACP of the time. The incident took place on 11 January 1982. ACP Ishaq caught him by deceit and killed Manya and made her murder an encounter. Manya’s death was a shocking news for many, while it was a relief news for some people. One of the breathers of relief and relief was Dawood, whose elder brother Sabir Ibrahim was shot dead by Manya by Surrey and Dawood himself was saved from being shot by several bullets.

Manya Surve was more powerful then Dawood

It is also believed that Manya Surve During that time, he was many times more powerful than Dawood. Manya’s death was beneficial to Dawood and also very important to move forward. Manya’s encounter gave Dawood and pro-Pakistan Afghan mafias an opportunity to dominate Mumbai. Afraid of Manya, the Afghans who were sitting in the bill like a gangster rat were now openly activated and the result of which was the 1992 Mumbai bomb blasts.

Mumbai Underworld:

The most famous Pathan Don of that time was completely frightened, who had been ruling the Mumbai underworld for the last two decades. But Pathan also enlisted the help of Manya Surve to defeat his rival gang, Saffron Group. The gang was headed by Sabood, the elder brother of Dawood Ibrahim. This was the most solved secret of Manya’s success. At that time, even the most famous gang of the city used to come to seek help from him and in doing so he used to kill others. It was the first well-read Hindu gangster of Mumbai’s underworld, which was respected in Dadar’s Agra Bazaar.

After coming to Mumbai, Surve started forming a gang and formed a powerful gang with two of his trusted partners Dharavi’s Sheikh Munir and Dombivli’s Vishnu Patil. In March 1980, his gang also joined another gangster, Uday.

The gang committed their first robbery on 5 April 1980, in which they had stolen the ambassador car. Later it was discovered that the same vehicle was used to loot 5700 rupees at Laxmi Trading Company on Curry Road. On 15 April, they collectively attacked and killed Sheikh Aziz, an enemy of Sheikh Munir. On April 30, while stabbing his mass rival Vijay Ghadge at Dadar’s police station, he also stabbed the police constable.

Manya became gangster from a graduate

His real name was Manohar Arjun Surve, as the gang mates call him Manya Surve, so his name is recorded in the police records as Manya Surve. He was raised in Mumbai. He did his graduation (BA) from Kirti College, Mumbai, and when he came into the world of crime, he also joined his gang of friends.

Manya surve
Manya Surve: The 70’s kingpin

Her stepbrother was Bhargava Dada, who brought Manya into the world of crime. At that time, Bhargava was in a great panic in Dadar area of ​​Mumbai. Manya Surve murdered a Dandekar in 1969 and went to Yerwada Jail after getting life imprisonment.

Manya dominated in jail too

        Manya’s dominance in Pune’s Yerwada Jail began to grow and he became more dangerous than before. He often beat up other gang miscreants in jail. In prison, Manya read many famous foreign novels and learned many unique modus operandi (modes of crime) of crime. After this he was shifted to Ratnagiri Jail, but there he went on hunger strike, after his health deteriorated, he was taken to hospital, where on 14 November 1979, Manya escaped by dodging the police. Then came Mumbai again and started the gang afresh.

Encounter :

On 11 January 1982 Manya was coming out of a taxi from Ambedkar College Junction in Wadala. It is said that Dawood had given the information about the location of Manya Surve to the police. At around 1.30 in the afternoon, 18 crime branch officers were waiting for Manya there with their three teams. About 20 minutes later, Surve was spotted by the police when he was getting off his taxi to pick-up his girlfriend.

When Manya found the police squad close to him, Surve took out his revolver. But just before Surve pressed the trigger, two police officers “Raja Tambat and Isaak Bagavan” fired at Manya, after the police fired five bullets on Surve’s chest and shoulder.
Subsequently Surve was immediately put into an ambulance. It is said that while visiting Zion Hospital, he was babbling that the police did not give her a single chance to prove herself. Shortly afterwards, Surve succumbed to death.
Another surprising thing was that the ambulance took 30 minutes to cover the 12-minute route. With this encounter, the horror of Manya Surve disappeared from Mumbai’s underworld.


This was the fourth encounter of Maharashtra Police in the city at that time. Despite the encounter, the number of encounters by the Mumbai police started increasing after 1980 and after the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts, about 622 people were killed in the police encounter.

Film of Manya Surve


A 2013 film Shootout at Wadala, based on the life of Manya Surve, was made in which John Abraham played lead role. In this film, the life of Manya Surve is not shown 100% right but in this film a lot has been told about him. The film proved to be a box office hit and the film did a business of 75 crores.

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