Beef up vigilance against teenage gangs: DMP chief

Staff Correspondent | Published at 01:04am on October 19, 2020

Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Shafiqul Islam instructed the members of the force to beef up vigilance against teenage gangs in the capital amid the recent surge in crime involving a section of juvenile.

DMP chief also instructed different units of police to monitor the activities of these gangs while addressing monthly crime conference at Rajarbagh police lines.

Police officials said that the issue of teenage gang culture was discussed in the conference where some top DMP officials pointed out that it was a major concern for law and order situation.

These gangs are increasingly getting involved in crimes, including stalking, drug addictions and even murder, some officers said.

Shafiqul instructed beat police officers and other units to identify teenage gang members and monitor them and find out about their involvement in drug abuse and in stalking.

DMP joint commissioner (crime) Shah Abid Hossain told New Age that there were at least eight cases involving teenage gangs and police had become alert after those incidents.

He said that they started maintaining a database on teenage gangs in the capital through beat policing, which might help to detect the gangs and thwart any crime attempts by their members.

Teenage gangs have been emerging across the country for quite some time and their members were found involved in various crimes, including robbery, murder, rape and turf war.

Many teenagers are initiated into crimes at an early stage of their lives and it would be difficult to rehabilitate them if the situation continues, fear experts.

Rajshahi Metropolitan Police has recently launched a crackdown against teenage gangs and detained nearly 400 members of such gangs.

Over 300 of them were later released and placed under their parents’ custody.

In the crime conference, DMP chief empathised with the juveniles and suggested that temporary checkpoints be set up in the capital to check the gang culture and the crimes committed by young people.

Shafiqul also instructed the officers of police stations to organise awareness rallies and exchange views with the parents of gang members to outline the problems and issues they are facing in their respective areas.

Drugs are one of the main reasons behind sexual assaults and mugging and the situation cannot be improved while high quantities of drugs are being recovered regularly across the country, said Shafiqul.

He stressed that police should work on identifying drug addicts and ensure their rehabilitation.