In 1984, Rama Naik helped Dawood Ibrahim to eliminate his then arch-rival Samad Khan, the leader of the Pathan gang in Mumbai. From 1984 to 1988, the Byculla Company supported Dawood’s local criminal activities, who himself had escaped police arrest and settled in Dubai. In 1988, however, Rama Naik and Sharad Shetty had major differences over a land deal in Jogeshwari. Dawood supported Shetty, which enraged Naik, who in turn insulted Dawood. In late 1988, Naik was killed in a police encounter. Subsequently, Arun Gawli took charge of the gang based at Dagdi Chawl in Byculla. Gawli believed that the encounter in which Naik was killed was engineered by Dawood, and thus started a gruesome gang war between Dawood’s D-Company gang and Gawli’s gang that lasted from 1988 until the mid-1990s. Gawli’s gang were so brutal during the gang war that many D-Company gangsters like Sharad Shetty, Chhota Rajan, Chhota Shakeel and Sautya (Sunil Sawant) had to flee from Mumbai to Dubai.