Anuraag Singh

Anuraag Singh

He is a special correspondent based at Bhopal who covers state crime, police headquarters, all investigative agencies and Income Tax.

Articles by Anuraag Singh
Delhi resident Abdul Jabbar being produced before a special court in Bhopal on Sunday.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)
Delhi resident Abdul Jabbar being produced before a special court in Bhopal on Sunday.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)

Phone exchanges and hawala: How the Pak spy ring in MP funded their operations

Hindustan Times | By Anuraag Singh, Bhopal
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2017 10:01 PM IST
Jabbar, a resident of Urdu Bazar (near Jagat Cinema) in Jama Masjid locality of old Delhi is believed to be the key link in the Pakistani espionage ring which used Chinese Sim Box exchanges converting international calls into local calls to spy on Indian military operations.
NIA sleuths presenting a terror suspect before a court in Patna.(HT File Photo)
NIA sleuths presenting a terror suspect before a court in Patna.(HT File Photo)

Pak handlers may have used MP spy racket to plan 2016 Pathankot and Uri attacks

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Anuraag Singh
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2017 07:15 AM IST
It has been found that over 60 parallel phone exchanges, similar to the 36-odd operations that have been busted by the Madhya Pradesh police anti-terrorism squad (ATS) in four towns of the state, could be functional in other parts of the country.
Vyapam is likely to cancel the candidature of 62 more students who appeared in PMT between 2008 and 2011. ()(Mujeeb Faruqui/Hindustan Times)
Vyapam is likely to cancel the candidature of 62 more students who appeared in PMT between 2008 and 2011. ()(Mujeeb Faruqui/Hindustan Times)

US agency helps CBI track 125 unidentified impersonators accused in MP’s Vyapam scam

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Anuraag Singh
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2017 11:04 AM IST
An external law enforcement and probe agency of the US has helped India’s central bureau of investigation (CBI) track unidentified impersonators accused in MP’s multi-layered Vyapam scam.
Sunil Uike (centre) with his mother and brother in Balaghat district on Saturday.(HT photo)
Sunil Uike (centre) with his mother and brother in Balaghat district on Saturday.(HT photo)

Released from Pak jail, MP youth to fish in troubled waters again

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Anuraag Singh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2017 12:34 AM IST
After languishing in Karachi jail for 10 months for inadvertently straying into the Pakistani sea in March 2015, a tribal youth from Madhya Pradesh is ready to fish in troubled waters once again.
IPS officer Gaurav Tiwari was transferred from Katni barely six months after his posting in the area.(HT Photo)
IPS officer Gaurav Tiwari was transferred from Katni barely six months after his posting in the area.(HT Photo)

Singham redux: MP town protests transfer of IPS officer who busted hawala racket

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Ranjan and Anuraag Singh
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2017 12:27 PM IST
The protests have come as a major embarrassment for the BJP government led by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who has been highlighting his zero-tolerance policy on corruption.
The organisation has initiated process of bringing back to parent departments those officials whose period of deputation with Lokayukta is over.(HT file)
The organisation has initiated process of bringing back to parent departments those officials whose period of deputation with Lokayukta is over.(HT file)

MP Lokayukta shake-up on cards

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Anuraag Singh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2016 09:35 AM IST
A huge organisational shakeup is on cards in the state’s ombudsman, the Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta Organisation.
The searches were carried out to check if the new notes received at the ticket counters had been exchanged with the denotified notes of ₹500 and ₹1000.(HT file)
The searches were carried out to check if the new notes received at the ticket counters had been exchanged with the denotified notes of ₹500 and ₹1000.(HT file)

Note exchange: Now, Katni rail station under CBI scanner

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Anuraag Singh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 30, 2016 09:17 AM IST
The Jabalpur unit of the CBI has started a preliminary inquiry into the alleged conversion of demonetised currency worth 3.72 lakh into new ones at the ticket booking counters of Katni railway station, 90 km from Jabalpur.
Police officers and Special Task Force soldiers stand beside the bodies of suspected SIMI members, on the outskirts of Bhopal.(Reuters File Photo)
Police officers and Special Task Force soldiers stand beside the bodies of suspected SIMI members, on the outskirts of Bhopal.(Reuters File Photo)

To wipe out ‘terror tag’, slain SIMI men’s lawyer wants trial to go on

Hindustan Times | By Anuraag Singh, Bhopal
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2016 10:39 PM IST
Lawyer Parvez Alam wants the trials to continue to prove that his clients were not “terrorists”. In normal course, trial is closed against an accused after death.
A slew of credit cooperative banks and real estate businessmen in major cities of the state possibly helped in conversion of defunct black money into liquid assets worth several crore rupees.(Pic for representation)
A slew of credit cooperative banks and real estate businessmen in major cities of the state possibly helped in conversion of defunct black money into liquid assets worth several crore rupees.(Pic for representation)

MP: Credit coop banks, realtors under taxman’s scanner for parking black money

Bhopal | By Anuraag Singh
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2016 07:34 PM IST
A slew of credit cooperative banks and real estate businessmen in major cities of Madhya Pradesh, including Bhopal are under the Income Tax department scanner for possibly helping in conversion of defunct black money into liquid assets worth several crore rupees.
Locals gather as police investigate the encounter site at the hillocks of Acharpura village.(REUTERS)
Locals gather as police investigate the encounter site at the hillocks of Acharpura village.(REUTERS)

Records show villagers called emergency number during SIMI encounter

Hindustan Times | By Anuraag Singh, Bhopal
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2016 08:17 AM IST
The Madhya Pradesh government has announced cash rewards for several villagers for helping security forces track down and kill eight SIMI fugitives last month.
Police personnel outside the Bhopal Central Jail after 8 SIMI members escaped, in Bhopal.(PTI File Photo)
Police personnel outside the Bhopal Central Jail after 8 SIMI members escaped, in Bhopal.(PTI File Photo)

Bhopal jailbreak: Madhya Pradesh govt suspends DIG, Congress questions delay

Hindustan Times | By Anuraag Singh, Bhopal
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2016 08:36 AM IST
The Madhya Pradesh government suspended deputy inspector general of prisons in the wake of the daring jailbreak by eight SIMI undertrials from the ISO certified jail in Bhopal.
Investigating officers inspecting the spot from where the 8 alleged SIMI activists escaped after climbing the 28-feet wall with the help of bedsheets early on Monday morning.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT PHOTO)
Investigating officers inspecting the spot from where the 8 alleged SIMI activists escaped after climbing the 28-feet wall with the help of bedsheets early on Monday morning.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT PHOTO)

SIMI jailbreak: Planned over two months, executed in 45 minutes

Hindustan Times | By Anuraag Singh & Kalyan Das, Bhopal
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2016 10:49 PM IST
The eight SIMI men gagged and locked up a warder Chandan Singh and killed another Ramashankar Yadav in two different sub-blocks of Block B of the Bhopal Central Jail.
Police stand guard outside the Bhopal Central Jail after eight SIMI members escaped on Monday in Bhopal.(PTI)
Police stand guard outside the Bhopal Central Jail after eight SIMI members escaped on Monday in Bhopal.(PTI)

Not just 8, all 29 SIMI men might have planned to escape Bhopal jail on Diwali

Hindustan Times | By Anuraag Singh and Kalyan Das, Bhopal
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2016 07:10 AM IST
Imprints of keys on prison toilet soaps, scribbles in the prison register that say “We are coming on Deepawali” and recovery of 17 duplicate cell keys are among the leads explored by officers probing a jailbreak by eight SIMI men, sources privy to investigations said.
Bodies of SIMI terrorists who were killed in an encounter being handed over to their relatives and family members after post-mortem in Bhopal.(PTI Photo)
Bodies of SIMI terrorists who were killed in an encounter being handed over to their relatives and family members after post-mortem in Bhopal.(PTI Photo)

Doubts swirl but state govt rules out NIA probe into SIMI ‘encounter’

Hindustan Times | By Anuraag Singh and Appu Esthose Suresh, Bhopal
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2016 09:52 AM IST
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will not probe the police shooting of eight Islamist prisoners who escaped from a Bhopal jail, Madhya Pradesh home minister Bhupendra Singh said on Tuesday
Police officers and Special Task Force soldiers stand beside dead bodies of the suspected members of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), who escaped the high security jail in Bhopal, and later got killed in an encounter.(REUTERS)
Police officers and Special Task Force soldiers stand beside dead bodies of the suspected members of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), who escaped the high security jail in Bhopal, and later got killed in an encounter.(REUTERS)

Doubts swirl but MP govt rules out probe into SIMI ‘encounter’

Hindustan Times | By Anuraag Singh and Appu Esthose Suresh, Bhopal
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2016 04:58 PM IST
The SIMI encounter is unquestionable and it will not be probed by NIA. They will investigate only the jail break, Madhya Pradesh home minister Bhupendra Singh said.
Madhya Pradesh home minister Bhupendra Singh addressing a press conference.(Bidesh Manna/HT File Photo)
Madhya Pradesh home minister Bhupendra Singh addressing a press conference.(Bidesh Manna/HT File Photo)

Encounter unquestionable, jail break massive lapse: MP home minister

Hindustan Times | By Anuraag Singh, Bhopal
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2016 03:24 PM IST
Bhupendra Singh, Madhya Pradesh’s home minister, says National Investigation Agency will not probe shootout.
Police personnel at the encounter site at the hillocks of Acharpura village after the STF killed 8 suspected SIMI operatives in Bhopal.(PTI Photo)
Police personnel at the encounter site at the hillocks of Acharpura village after the STF killed 8 suspected SIMI operatives in Bhopal.(PTI Photo)

‘Cops murdered my son’: SIMI operative’s mother says encounter staged

Hindustan Times | By Anuraag Singh & Sunil Kerhalkar, Bhopal/khandwa
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2016 10:32 AM IST
Mother of one of the eight suspected operatives of the banned Students Islamic Federation of India (SIMI) said the police encounter in Acharapura village on Monday was “staged”.
Police officers and Special Task Force soldiers stand beside dead bodies of the suspected SIMI members, who were killed in an encounter at Acharpura village on the outskirts of Bhopal, on Monday(Reuters)
Police officers and Special Task Force soldiers stand beside dead bodies of the suspected SIMI members, who were killed in an encounter at Acharpura village on the outskirts of Bhopal, on Monday(Reuters)

Bhopal: Eight SIMI men killed in encounter, but video clips raise doubts

Hindustan Times | By Anuraag Singh & Ranjan, Bhopal
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2016 01:53 AM IST
Eight suspected members of a radical Islamist group were killed by the police in Madhya Pradesh on Monday
The eight suspected SIMI operatives who escaped from prision and were killed in an encounter on Monday. Clockwise from top left, Abdul Majid, Mehboob Guddu, Zakir Hussain, Amjad Khan, Mohammad Aqeel Khilji, Mohammad Khalid Ahmad, Mohammad Saliq, Mujeeb Sheikh.
The eight suspected SIMI operatives who escaped from prision and were killed in an encounter on Monday. Clockwise from top left, Abdul Majid, Mehboob Guddu, Zakir Hussain, Amjad Khan, Mohammad Aqeel Khilji, Mohammad Khalid Ahmad, Mohammad Saliq, Mujeeb Sheikh.

From robbing banks to making bombs: What the 8 SIMI men were accused of

Hindustan Times | By Neeraj Santoshi and Anuraag Singh, Bhopal
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2016 06:15 PM IST
Eight suspected members of the banned Students Islamic Federation of India (SIMI) were killed by Madhya Pradesh police in an encounter on Monday, hours after they escaped from a high-security jail in Bhopal.
A securityman pastes wanted posters at a railway station after eight suspected SIMI members escaped from a Bhopal jail.(PTI Photo)
A securityman pastes wanted posters at a railway station after eight suspected SIMI members escaped from a Bhopal jail.(PTI Photo)

Eight suspected SIMI men killed after escaping from Bhopal jail

Bhopal, Hindustan Times | By Anuraag Singh and Kalyan Das
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2016 07:17 PM IST
Police killed eight suspected members of the banned Students Islamic Federation of India (SIMI) in Madhya Pradesh on Monday, ANI said, hours after they escaped from a high-security jail in Bhopal.
Police outside the Bhopal jail after eight suspected SIMI activists escaped after killing a guard.(Mujeeb Farooqui/HT Photo)
Police outside the Bhopal jail after eight suspected SIMI activists escaped after killing a guard.(Mujeeb Farooqui/HT Photo)

Eight suspected SIMI activists escape from Bhopal jail, guard killed

Hindustan Times | By Anuraag Singh, Bhopal
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2016 11:59 AM IST
Eight activists of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) escaped from the Bhopal Central Jail on Monday morning, killing a security guard, a senior police officer said.
The state administration gives a police personnel 10 rupees less than it spends on a prisoner, the civil force revealed to the CM, suggesting ways to boost the spirit of the staff in khaki.(AFP)
The state administration gives a police personnel 10 rupees less than it spends on a prisoner, the civil force revealed to the CM, suggesting ways to boost the spirit of the staff in khaki.(AFP)

MP police demand ‘better food’ than jail inmates

By Anirban Roy and Anuraag Singh, Bhopal
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2016 11:51 AM IST
Policemen and women from the constable level to that of inspector, who work 15 to 18 hours a day while on special duty, are entitled to spend Rs 60 per head on food, while an inmate in the state’s jail gets daily food of the value of Rs 70 per head, according to a top police official.
Septugenerian Wang Qi alias Raj Bahadur with hiswife Sushilan at his house in Tirodi, Balaghat district, in Madhya Pradesh.(HT Photo)
Septugenerian Wang Qi alias Raj Bahadur with hiswife Sushilan at his house in Tirodi, Balaghat district, in Madhya Pradesh.(HT Photo)

Five decades and counting: A Chinese POW in MP still waits for permit to go home

Hindustan Times | By Kalyan Das and Anuraag Singh, Tirodi (balaghat)
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2016 09:37 AM IST
The dream of a Chinese prisoner of the 1962 war, now in his seventies, to meet his family five decades after capture is lost in red tape.
A court in Bhopal has taken serious note of Uma Bharti’s non-appearance before it for recording of her statement as accused.(PTI)
A court in Bhopal has taken serious note of Uma Bharti’s non-appearance before it for recording of her statement as accused.(PTI)

Defamation case: Bhopal court issues arrest warrant against Uma Bharti

Hindustan Times | By Anuraag Singh, Bhopal
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2016 04:42 PM IST
Taking serious note of the minister’s non-appearance before the court for recording of her statement as accused for around a year, Bhopal chief judicial magistrate (CJM) Bhubhaskar Yadav issued the arrest warrant.
State swimming champions Hira and Diksha Silawat pull out a coconut from the Narmada river in Hoshangabad. Despite their creditable performance in the pool, the athletes haven’t received any assistance from the state government.(Praveen Bajpai/ HT PHOTO)
State swimming champions Hira and Diksha Silawat pull out a coconut from the Narmada river in Hoshangabad. Despite their creditable performance in the pool, the athletes haven’t received any assistance from the state government.(Praveen Bajpai/ HT PHOTO)

With no financial backing, MP swimmers fishing out coconuts from Narmada

Hindustan Times | By Anuraag Singh and Shailendra Kumar, Hoshangabad
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2016 10:37 AM IST
With no financial backing, national and state-level swimmers in MP are back to fishing out coconuts from the Narmada
Rajnish Kumar Tiwari’s three accounts with the Katni branch of Axis Bank had Rs 16.93 crores. Umadut Haldkar’s account with the same branch had Rs 2.26 crores. Both are BPL (below the poverty line) card holders and struggle to make ends meet.(File photo for representation)
Rajnish Kumar Tiwari’s three accounts with the Katni branch of Axis Bank had Rs 16.93 crores. Umadut Haldkar’s account with the same branch had Rs 2.26 crores. Both are BPL (below the poverty line) card holders and struggle to make ends meet.(File photo for representation)

MP’s millionaire mystery: Poor get crores in bank accounts, questioned by IT

Hindustan Times | By Anuraag Singh, Bhopal
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2016 04:59 PM IST
Situated some 350 kilometres from the state capital Bhopal, Katni – the second biggest town after Jabalpur in the Mahakoshal region – is now abuzz with the men’s surreal brush with wealth that they held, but never came to enjoy.
Bheel and Bhilala archers refrain from using their thumbs while releasing an arrow from a bow.(Praveen Bajpai/HT Photo)
Bheel and Bhilala archers refrain from using their thumbs while releasing an arrow from a bow.(Praveen Bajpai/HT Photo)

Eklavya, the ‘other’ guru: Why Bheel and Bhilala archers don’t use right thumbs

Hindustan Times | By Anuraag Singh, Alirajpur/bhopal
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2016 11:09 AM IST
Dronacharya and Arjun, the ‘guru-shishya’ duo from the Indian epic Mahabharata, occupy a special place in the hearts of the masses. But not for Bheels and Bhilalas who revere Eklavya — the archer prodigy immortalised for cutting off his right hand’s thumb as ‘guru dakshina’ to Dronacharya.
Laxmi Chowdhary sold her son Shivam to carpet weavers in eastern UP’s Mirzapur district two years ago, police said.(HT Photo)
Laxmi Chowdhary sold her son Shivam to carpet weavers in eastern UP’s Mirzapur district two years ago, police said.(HT Photo)

Tortured, starved: MP boy escapes 2 yrs after mother sold him for Rs 50,000

Hindustan Times | By Anuraag Singh, Bhopal
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2016 12:29 AM IST
The boy, now 11, was tortured, starved, locked up, made to work illegally, forcibly converted to Islam and circumcised a few months ago
The goof-up came to light recently when a Keranjiya police team reached Singh’s house in Dindori’s Chaura Dadar village to execute the arrest warrant only to be told by Singh’s widow Kusum Kali that her husband had died in October 2012.(Illustration: Jayanto)
The goof-up came to light recently when a Keranjiya police team reached Singh’s house in Dindori’s Chaura Dadar village to execute the arrest warrant only to be told by Singh’s widow Kusum Kali that her husband had died in October 2012.(Illustration: Jayanto)

MP: 2 yrs after death, man booked for accident in Dindori village

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Anuraag Singh
PUBLISHED ON JUN 08, 2016 01:34 PM IST
Two years after Dindori villager Rangi Singh died, he was booked by the local police for rash driving and causing grievous hurt to four people in a 2014 road accident case. An arrest warrant was also issued to the truck driver by a local court after he failed to appear before it despite repeated summons.
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