Police in the state capital have an odd task in hand, decode bizarre names attached by criminals to their gangs in an obvious branding bid.
From Blade Gang to Mines Gang, these groups are mostly engaged in petty crimes like theft, creating nuisance and property offence. Besides, they use special symbols as their signature of operation.
For instance, the members of the Blade Gang move around the city on bikes that have number plates designed in the shape of a blade.
On December 8, five bikers were arrested for their alleged involvement in two-wheeler thefts and chain snatching in Kankerbagh. The criminals had named their group as Mines Gang. “We are yet to ascertain why they chose such a name. They had many cases lodged against them in various police stations. Gang leader Bittu Kumar is a resident of Sitamarhi district and is at present in custody. We think they named the group as Mines Gang to brand themse-lves,” an officer at the Kan-kerbagh police station said.
On the Blade Gang, senior superintendent of police (Patna) Amrit Raj said the group was into petty thefts.
“Its members move around in the city dangerously on bikes and are into petty theft. They were earlier known as Biker Gang. According to our information, the identity of the gang members is the number plates of their two wheelers. The plates look like a blade. Though some members of the gang have been arrested, some of them are still active,” the officer said.
Another gang active in and around Patna is “Talwaar (sword) Gang”. “The identity of this gang is also the number plates of the two-wheelers. The number plates look like two crossed swords. They are into petty crimes like stealing and snatching,” Raj added.
Sources in the police said identification of the gangs was important for the criminals. “They are people who enter the world of crime for quick money. Many of them are, surprisingly, educated. We think they are inspired by films, depicting gangs with bizarre names and signs.
Psychologists feel that branding of gangs is a trait of new-age criminals. “These gangs are into snatching and stealing. You can describe them as new-age criminals who take pride in having some fancy names,” Sunil Kumar, a psychiatrist, said.