Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday detained 11 members of a supposed “teen gang” -- including nine underage boys -- from Turag area on the outskirts of the capital.
The elite force claimed to have recovered two guns, four rounds of cartridges, one hatchet and three knives from their possession.
The detainees are from one “New Nine Star” group, which was formed by a member of the “Nine Star” group involved in the feud over the killing of teenager Adnan in 2017 in Uttara, said Rab-1 Commanding Officer Lt Col Sarwar Bin Kashem.
“Among the detainees, four were members of the Nine Star group in Uttara,” he added.
The “New Nine Star” group was formed by one Habibur Rahman Daria, 30, who was earlier a member of the Nine Star group, Rab said.
“He formed the new group in Turag to establish supremacy in the area,” said Kamruzzaman, assistant director of Rab-1, adding that the four members of Nine Star group lured others to join the new group.
“They were involved in crimes like eve-teasing, drugs and mugging in the area,” the Rab official claimed. Most of them are students of local schools and colleges.
Dhaka’s teen gang culture first hit the headlines after Adnan Kabir, 14, was beaten to death in Uttara on January 6, 2017, over enmity between two gangs -- “Disco Boys” and “Nine Star”. The incident triggered a huge outcry across the country.
Police pressed charge sheet accusing 23 members of different groups in Uttara in March this year. Fourteen of them were teenagers.