Prompt ~Band and the pic below –
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Haji Mastan, born Mastan Haider Mirza migrated to Mumbai in 1934. Haji joined the Bombay docks (1944) as porter. Unloading cargo that came from Aden, Dubai, Hong Kong and other cities, he developed good relationships with the staff, officers, and regular travelers. Haji helped the travelers smuggle items inviting heavy taxes out of the port by hiding them in his clothes, headband or underwear. He was well rewarded.
Haji came in contact with a fisherman-turned-smuggler Bakhia in the mid ’50s and formed a band of smugglers which dealt in gold and electronic items. Thanks to underworld friends like Karim Lala, Varadrajan and politicians who fraternized with him because of his influence on Mumbai’s Muslim vote-bank – he became rich and powerful.
The film industry eulogized him with movies (Deewar and Mukkadar Ka Sikandar) loosely based on his life.
More such tales in offing with recent duty hike on gold,
PS – This is jsut a compilation from net. Also, I have combined the prompts of Alastairs Photo Fiction and Trifecta week eighty-eight to catch up with the challenges.