Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, in a drive, arrested eight people, including the prime suspect, in different areas of the capital on Saturday night in connection with the murder of a teenage boy in Dakkhin Khan area.
The arrested were prime suspect Md Saif, and his associates Monir, Arafat, Saiful, Meherab, Appel, Sifat and Sohel.
The detectives also recovered one sluice gear from Saif’s possession.
Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (media) of DMP, said a team of DB (North division) conducted special drives in Uttara and Dakkhin Khan areas and arrested them.
Briefing reporters at the DMP media centre on Sunday, DC (media) Masudur Rahman said that during preliminary interrogation, the arrested disclosed that two rival groups — Shanta Group and Arafat Group — used to lock into altercations and clash often over various issues, including establishment of supremacy in Nogria Bari area of Dakkhin Khan Chairman Bari.
A 17-year-old boy Mehedi, resident of Patuakhali, was murdered in a sequel to these clashes, he said.
Teenaged groups in the area like Jim-Jiad group, Shanta Group, Arafat Group Kamal Group and Ansar Group were very active in the area and had involvements in various crimes, including eve-teasing, extortion, mugging and murder, the DC (media) said.
Mehedi had come to visit his friend’s house in Dakkhin Khan area and locked into an altercation with some local teenagers over a trifling matter.
Mehedi was later beaten to death during a clash over the issue on August 31.
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