Eight more members of two gangs, who were allegedly involved in the killing of ninth grader Adnan Kabir, were arrested in separate drives at Uttara of Dhaka on Tuesday.
The arrestees are: Shahrier Bin Sattar Shetu alias Rayha Ahmed Shetu alias Disco Shetu (22), Md Akteruzzaman Choton (19), Md Shahinur Rahman (17), Ramjan Mobarok (17), Salim Khan (23), Ibrahim Hossain alias Sunny (28), Mizanur Rahman Sumon (22) and Jahidul Islam Juies (21), disclosed Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at a press briefing at its Karwanbazer Media Centre on Wednesday morning.
Of them, Shetu, a BBA student of Daffodil University, is the leader of Disco Boys group while Jueis, one of his aides, is a class-X student of Uttara School and College. The Big Boss group’s leader Choton and his brother Sumon have been running hawker stalls, said the RAB.
Choton, however, claimed that he reads in class-X at a school and Sumon passed his SSC examinations.
Sunny is a vehicle driver, Salim a RMG worker, Ramjan a staff of an audio equipment rental business, and Shahin a transport worker, added the elite force.
The RAB members, who conducted the drives, also recovered three knives, two machetes, three iron chains and other stuffs like colored fire spray bottles, school bags and marijuana.
When addressing the press briefing, RAB Legal and Media Wing chief Mufti Mahmud Khan said: “The arrestees are the members of Disco Boys and Big Boss gangs.”
“Shetu and Choton are the third and fifth accused respectively in a case filed in connection with the murder.”
The RAB official also claimed that Juies of Disco Boys confessed, during a primary interrogation, to being involved in the murder while the other five assisted him.
On January 6, failing to find out leaders of Nine Star gang, Disco Boys’ members beat to death Trust School and College’s student Adnan, who was a Nine Star member, at Sector 13 in Uttara.
Earlier, two other members of the gangs had been arrested.
Mufti said the three gangs had long been locked in a turf war over establishing supremacy in the area that resulted in the murder.
The groups were once comprised of local boys and school dropouts, who were not so aggressive as they are now. They began appearing with notoriety with the expansion of Uttara and its growing importance in the city, he added.
“Kakra is the first gang to emerge in the area in 2001, and Disco Boys was formed in 2009. As the number of such gangs began to rise, they often locked into conflicts over establishing dominance.”
However, in 2015, as their efforts to form a common group – “Fifteen Group” as they dubbed— went in vein, they split into different gangs, the RAB official said, adding that now there are around 30 such gangs in Uttara and adjoining areas, each of which consists of 15 to 30 members who correspond with one another on social media on regular basis.
Asked about their sources of money, he said: “Apparently they do not work for money. They form gangs to show off their might and frighten the people.”
Law enforcers found the gangs’ members indulging in drugs, but have yet to ascertain whether they are linked to any political party.
Mufti said they handed the arrestees over to the police and would take action against the others.