Mumbai crime branch was at its lowest ebb. All work was happening in a highly discretionary way. Sr. Insp. Vikram Singh believed that “there is no point”. With a few years from retirement he encouraged others too to leave things alone. Sub Insp. Appa Kadam Naik, an encounter specialist, believed that elimination of criminals was the best possible way as the law usually lets the culprit be bailed out. Const. Khaled Ansai, a poor man, kept things in a lighter vein in the branch. Everybody loves to have him around. All of these officers had accepted a laid back and corrupt nature as a way of life as tey knew that no one could beat the system.
Manik Rao, the Home Minister, called the shots with the law firmly under his control. An underworld don, Yusuf Pathan, had his full support and so did Gautam Walia, a rich builder and business magnet. The three of them were making huge money by helping each other whenever the time came. With the three of them ruling the roost, crime branch was reduced to a virtually impotent force. This changed when a young IPS officer was transferred here from Pune. Right from day one, the officers found themselves at loggerheads with their new boss who was determined to change things. He promised them that the day he gets an opportunity he would take the system heads on!!!