Bootlegging in
Sharjah Leads to Rise in Crimes

SHARJAH — Rampant bootlegging in the emirate of Sharjah has led to an increase in violence between rival groups, according to a top police officer
in Sharjah.


Afkar Ali Ahmed

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Published: Sat 25 Jul 2009, 12:19 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 8:01 PM

Sharjah Police and other departments concerned are taking strict measures to curb the trend before it spins out of control, pointed out Col Yousif Al Naqbi, director of the Department of Criminal Investigation and Research.

Al Naqbi said a large number of workers, who lost their jobs due to recession, had strayed into bootlegging, posing a risk to people’s security in the emirate.

As many as eight murders and scores of assaults this year were a result of gang rivalry.

Nearly 200 people were arrested in connection with bootlegging and related offences this year.

While some of them had a criminal record, a large number of those arrested were either illegals or infiltrators, he said.

On July 19, five men were arrested on charges of bootlegging.

The arrests were made following a tip-off that the men had illicit liquor in their possession.

A huge quantity of liquor was seized from their hideouts in various parts of the emirate.

On July 14, 11 Indians and two Pakistanis, belonging to two rival gangs, were arrested for alleged involvement in the murder of a Pakistani national in Sharjah Industrial Area No.10.

The Pakistani bootlegger had been reportedly warned by an Indian gang not to sell alcohol inlabour accommodations.

When he ignored the warning, his rivals allegedly assaulted him.

He later succumbed to his injuries inQasimi Hospital.

Earlier on June 24, two Indians were arrested for allegedly beating a compatriot to death over encroachment in their ‘territory’.

On January 29, in an apparent turf war, a gang of bootleggers armed with knives and swords, killed a man and seriously wounded four others over sale of liquor in Sharjah.

Al Naqbi said all 18 members of an Indian gang were arrested in connection with a murder in Al Sajja areaof the emirate.

The ring leader was nabbed at Dubai International Airport when he was attempting to flee the country.

According to statistics compiled by Sharjah Police, 4,864 Indians and 3,282 Pakistanis were arrested for various crimes during the last 18 months.

According to a police officer, the Indians were mainly involved in bootlegging, theft, assault and forgery, and Pakistanis in car theft, kidnapping, drug smuggling and robberiesand burglaries.

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