Spiralling violence between Tamil gangs worries cops
Infighting has led to five reported murders, numerous incidents of street violence and vicious fights this year alone.Updated: Dec 29, 2003 12:28 IST
A sharp rise in violence and in-fighting between Tamil gangs in Britain has seen five reported murders and numerous street violence and vicious fights this year alone. In June, two Tamil youngsters were killed in Wembley, north London and a few weeks ago a 18-year-old was fatally wounded during a gang violence.
The police are getting increasingly concerned. London has many Chinese gangs and now Albanians and other immigrants from East European countries are spawning more groups with a tendency to indulge in violence in turf wars.
An advisory worker with the Tamil Welfare Association, Jana Vanchees, said that it was a matter of grave concern that violence has been escalating for the past three years. "The community abhors such acts of violence." He wants authorities to tackle the problem in a "constructive way".
He said that the police did not seem to take enough action to prevent incidents quoting the fact that five murders were committed this year alone. He wants the authorities to investigate why young Tamils are turning against each other.
A more holistic approach is needed to tackle the issue, said Jana Vanchees. The police said they set up a task force to particularly look into the Tamil violence. But, Jana said, it was not working satisfactorily. He also said that witnesses were not coming forward because of the lack of proper protection.
The victims, too, did not get adequate protection when they needed, said most Tamils. But, the police seem to have a problem. Most in the community are loath to speak out or point the culprits and thus, it is impossible for the police to pre-empt violence and street fights.
First Published: Dec 25, 2003 21:33 IST