They were later released after counselling and undertaking
In the wake of a series of alleged criminal acts, the police have launched a crackdown on teen gangs in Tongi, Gazipur.
Tongi East police detained at least 50 members of such gangs from parts of Gazipur Sadar upazila on Tuesday. However, they were later handed over to their families upon their furnishing written undertakings promising good behaviour. They were also counselled against gang culture.
Jabed Masud, officer-in-charge of the police station, said the force had initiated the clampdown on the instructions of the Gazipur Metropolitan Police (GMP) commissioner.
“The teenagers, who are involved in different crimes, are being sued. And those riding bikes recklessly and wandering around or gossiping at eateries or in lanes carelessly are being brought to the police station,” he said.
“We’re releasing the detainees after counselling them and receiving their undertakings,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, GMP Deputy Commissioner (crime) Mohammad Iltutmish underscored the need for social and family awareness to help contain gang culture.
“We’re trying to alert teenagers to the problem—but those having links to gang culture will be brought to book,” he warned.
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There has been an alarming rise in offences, including murder, committed by teen gangs in Tongi of late. They are mostly focused on establishing dominance, leading to repeated clashes in the area. They are also accused of harassing pedestrians and indulging in extortion and noise pollution through playing music on loudspeakers even at night.
Earlier, the Rapid Action Battalion on Sunday arrested 12 members of a gang named Daring Company, well known as D Company, including their two top leaders. All of them were later placed on remand.
They were reportedly involved in attacks on the members of two families in Tongi.
Two foreign-made pistols, two cleavers, two machetes, three iron rods and a knife were recovered from their hideouts in East Arichpur of Tongi.
Teen gang culture, as it is termed by experts and criminologists, has become a matter of concern as it revolves around groups of teenagers across the country often found to be involved in criminal activities, including murder.
Notably, a 10th grader in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka city, is the latest victim to have been killed by a teen gang.
Joy Halder, 18, son of Jana Halder of Rajashon Pool Market area and a student of Saint Joseph School and College, succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital on Sunday afternoon, more than three weeks after he came under attack.