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

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

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.
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)
Updated on Feb 21, 2017 10:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bhopal

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

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.
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)
Updated on Feb 13, 2017 07:15 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By

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

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.
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)
Updated on Feb 11, 2017 11:04 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By

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

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.
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)
Published on Jan 22, 2017 12:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By

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

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.
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)
Updated on Jan 14, 2017 12:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhopal | ByRanjan and Anuraag Singh

MP Lokayukta shake-up on cards

A huge organisational shakeup is on cards in the state’s ombudsman, the Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta Organisation.
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)
Published on Dec 31, 2016 09:35 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhopal | ByAnuraag Singh

Note exchange: Now, Katni rail station under CBI scanner

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.
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)
Published on Dec 30, 2016 09:17 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhopal | ByAnuraag Singh

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

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.
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)
Updated on Nov 19, 2016 10:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bhopal

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

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.
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)
Updated on Nov 15, 2016 07:34 PM IST
Bhopal | By

Records show villagers called emergency number during SIMI encounter

The Madhya Pradesh government has announced cash rewards for several villagers for helping security forces track down and kill eight SIMI fugitives last month.
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)
Updated on Nov 14, 2016 08:17 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bhopal

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

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.
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)
Updated on Nov 09, 2016 08:36 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bhopal

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

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.
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)
Updated on Nov 04, 2016 10:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAnuraag Singh & Kalyan Das, Bhopal

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

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.
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)
Updated on Nov 03, 2016 07:10 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAnuraag Singh and Kalyan Das, Bhopal

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

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
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)
Updated on Nov 02, 2016 09:52 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAnuraag Singh and Appu Esthose Suresh, Bhopal

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

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.
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)
Updated on Nov 01, 2016 04:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAnuraag Singh and Appu Esthose Suresh, Bhopal

Encounter unquestionable, jail break massive lapse: MP home minister

Bhupendra Singh, Madhya Pradesh’s home minister, says National Investigation Agency will not probe shootout.
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)
Updated on Nov 01, 2016 03:24 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bhopal

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

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 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)
Updated on Nov 01, 2016 10:32 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAnuraag Singh & Sunil Kerhalkar, Bhopal/khandwa

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

Eight suspected members of a radical Islamist group were killed by the police in Madhya Pradesh on Monday
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)
Updated on Nov 01, 2016 01:53 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAnuraag Singh & Ranjan, Bhopal

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

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.
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.
Updated on Oct 31, 2016 06:15 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeeraj Santoshi and Anuraag Singh, Bhopal

Eight suspected SIMI men killed after escaping from Bhopal jail

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.
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)
Updated on Oct 31, 2016 07:17 PM IST
Bhopal, Hindustan Times | ByAnuraag Singh and Kalyan Das

Eight suspected SIMI activists escape from Bhopal jail, guard killed

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.
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)
Updated on Oct 31, 2016 11:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bhopal

MP police demand ‘better food’ than jail inmates

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.
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)
Updated on Oct 28, 2016 11:51 AM IST
ByAnirban Roy and Anuraag Singh, Bhopal

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

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.
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)
Updated on Oct 24, 2016 09:37 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByKalyan Das and Anuraag Singh, Tirodi (balaghat)

Defamation case: Bhopal court issues arrest warrant against Uma Bharti

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.
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)
Updated on Sep 29, 2016 04:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bhopal

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

With no financial backing, national and state-level swimmers in MP are back to fishing out coconuts from the Narmada
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)
Updated on Sep 08, 2016 10:37 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAnuraag Singh and Shailendra Kumar, Hoshangabad

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

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.
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)
Updated on Aug 05, 2016 04:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bhopal

Paddy worth Rs 12.40 cr either rots or goes missing in MP

HT Image
HT Image
Published on Jul 31, 2016 08:31 AM IST

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

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.
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)
Updated on Jun 25, 2016 11:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Alirajpur/bhopal

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

The boy, now 11, was tortured, starved, locked up, made to work illegally, forcibly converted to Islam and circumcised a few months ago
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)
Updated on Jun 22, 2016 12:29 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAnuraag Singh, Bhopal

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

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.
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)
Published on Jun 08, 2016 01:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By
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