Gang culture takes serious turn
Most of the gang members are separated from their families, while many of them are drug addicted. They carry criminal activities like killing, snatching and robbery to collect money for drugs -Sociologist Dr Nehal Karim
Golam Mostafa Jibon: Gang culture has now taken a serious turn putting the guardians in extreme concern as the deadly practice of teenagers has reached to different divisional cities and district towns in the country crossing the boundary of capital city Dhaka.
Even after continuation of different drives by the law enforcers especially Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), gang culture practices of the teenagers are not coming under control.
Over 1,000 members of around 50 gangs are still actively carrying several anti-social and deadly activities including killing, snatching, abduction, extortion and drug peddling in the capital. The gangs are known in different bizarre names.
Of them, 9mm, AK-47 and 5 Stars in Dhanmondi, Star Bond and Molla-Rabbi group in Rayerbazar, Group-25, Laara Dey, Level High, Dekhe La-Chine La and Kopaiya Dey in Mohammadpur, Mainuddin Group in Tejgaon, Bihari Rasel Gang, Bichchhu Bahini, Pichchi Babu, Saiful Gang, Sabbir Gang, Babu-Razan Gang, Ripon Gang and Mobarak Gang in Mirpur, Nayon Gang in Kafrul, Talachabi Gang in Turag, Power Boys, Disco Boys, Big Boss, NNS, FHB, GU, Kyakra, DHB, Back Rose, Rono, K9, 15 gang, Potla Babu, Sujan Fighter, Altaf Zero, Viper, Tufan and 3 Goals Gang in Uttara are significant.
The matter of gang culture, which came to light around two and half years ago, has now become cause of massive concern due to its widespread stretch through virtual world. Teenage boys of different Cities and towns including Chattogram, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Sirajganj and Bogra are now getting engage in crimes under the banner of different gangs.
Law enforcers in several drives in the last two months arrested over 200 teenage boys, who were involved with different offenses in the name of gang culture in the city.
A mobile court of RAB arrested 17 members of Star Bond Group from Rayerbazar and Mohammadpur area on August 24 and sentenced the arrested to a year in jail. During the drive, RAB forces recovered Yaba tablets and fire arms from their possessions.
RAB also arrested five more members of Jumman Group including group chief Jamman from Bangshal area on the same day.
RAB arrested 23 members of different teenage gangs on August 25 and 24 more members on August 10 from different parts of the city.
Some 46 members were arrested by RAB from Karwan Bazar, Farmgate, Shishumela, Shyamoli and Mohammadpur on August 7, while 14 persons were arrested on July 20 last.
Experts said, in this case, prevention is more important compared to the remedy. Law enforcers’ movement is not enough here. All guardians should come forward for refrain their children from destructions.
Sarwar Alam, Executive Magistrate of RAB said, “Reckless teenagers are being involved with various crimes including killing, mugging, abducting and raping due to proper care of their families. Extreme apathy and lack of care by their parents are forcing them to reel in the offenses. If steps are taken to rehabilitate them, the derailed children can come back to the main stream in the society again from the dark world.”
Dr Nehal Karim, Chairman of Social Science Department of Dhaka University told The Daily Industry that, teenagers aged between 15 and 22 years lean into crimes due to weak monitoring by their guardians. Most of the parents don’t know where their wards go and what they do? Besides, use of internet and social media through smart phones, computers and laptops has become cause of their ruination. Smart phones should never provide to the teenagers as social media especially fb have now become main means of their communication.
“Most of the gang members are separated from their families, while many of them are drug addicted. They carry criminal activities like killing, snatching and robbery to collect money for drugs,” he said.
Sohel Rana, AIG (media) of police headquarters said, “There are over 500 cases in the country for teenage offenses. On an average 200 cases are lodged with different police stations each year in this regard.”
“Police are now committed to tackle the matter of involving the teenagers with different gang cultures. If all people of the society come forward, the bids will be effective,” he added.