Teen gang’s patrons must be brought to book for punishment


The tragic murder of Adnan Kabir, an eighth-grader, seven years ago shook our nation deeply.

However, justice has been slow for his grieving parents, underscoring the persistent issue of teen gang violence.

Recent events highlight this reality: 180 teen gangs with over 1,600 members are active nationwide.

The surge in brutal attacks demands urgent action. From the ruthless murder of community leaders like Shimul Hossain to assaults on those speaking out against gangs, these incidents reveal a larger societal malaise.

Teen gang violence stems from deep-rooted issues like poverty and social inequality. Focusing solely on apprehending young offenders, as Tawohidul Haque rightly points out, neglects the patrons who enable their actions.

In 2023 alone, there have been reports of the alleged involvement of teen gangs in at least 25 murders in Dhaka city, often fueled by drug abuse and armed with illegal weapons.

Affluent youth are also drawn into gangs, highlighting the need for a comprehensive approach to address recruitment and retention.

Media reports say now 95 per cent councilors of Dhaka city belong to the ruling party.

So, just as they claim credit for the development of the area, they also have to take the responsibility for misdeeds.


Teen gang criminals cannot operate without the help of political quarters.

The blessing and patronage of some powerful persons can be found behind every criminal gang.

Although the accused councilors claim their innocence, information shows their amity with the teen criminal gangs. They often lobby for the criminals when any of them are arraigned.

These criminals are involved not only with extortion, rather with murder, robbery, drug trade, usurpation of land and house also. Victims file lawsuits but get beaten instead without getting any remedy.

Accountability is crucial. Those supporting gangs, regardless of their status, must face consequences.

The involvement of elected officials in gang activities underscores the need for transparency and accountability in our political system.

As we confront teen gang violence, awareness and prevention must guide our efforts.

By fostering empathy and inclusion, we can break the cycle of violence and create a safer future for our youth.

To rein in these teen criminal gangs, their patrons must be brought to book.