Avijit Biswas

Avijit has around 20 years of experience in journalism and reports across beats for HT from Bhagalpur and adjoining districts of eastern Bihar.

Articles by Avijit Biswas

Bhagalpur woman forced to drink acid for dowry, dies

After the woman died on Sunday, members of her in-laws family fled from the hospital, leaving the body behind.

On Tuesday, an angry mob blocked the NH-80 that connects Bhagalpur with Jharkhand by placing the body on the road.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
On Tuesday, an angry mob blocked the NH-80 that connects Bhagalpur with Jharkhand by placing the body on the road.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Apr 17, 2018 10:41 PM IST
Bhagalpur, Hindustan Times | By

Three GI cheers for Bihar: Magahi paan, Jardalu mango, Katarni rice get exclusive tag

The Geographical Indicator tag is expected to boost export potentials of the products.

(Magahi paan (betel vine) is an expensive variety of betel which is grown in Aurangabad, Gaya and Nalanda districts of central Bihar. It’s non-fibrous, sweeter, tastier and the softest of the lot (Shutterstock/Representative image))
(Magahi paan (betel vine) is an expensive variety of betel which is grown in Aurangabad, Gaya and Nalanda districts of central Bihar. It’s non-fibrous, sweeter, tastier and the softest of the lot (Shutterstock/Representative image))
Updated on Mar 31, 2018 07:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By, Bhagalpur

Bihar communal clash: Non-bailable warrant against Union minister’s son

Arjit Shashwat Choubey had been named in the first FIR lodged against those participating in a procession organised by Nav Varsh Ayojan Samiti to mark the beginning of new year as per Hindi calendar.

Ashwini Kumar Choubey’s son, Arjit Shashwat, was named in the FIR in connection with the rally organised to mark the new year as per Hindi calendar.(AFP File Photo)
Ashwini Kumar Choubey’s son, Arjit Shashwat, was named in the FIR in connection with the rally organised to mark the new year as per Hindi calendar.(AFP File Photo)
Published on Mar 25, 2018 10:05 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By, Bhagalpur

Case lodged against Bihar minister’s son for communal tension

Janeefuddin said that an investigation has begun into Shashwat’s role in the clashes that took place in Nathnagar on Saturday.

A case was lodged against Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwani Choubey’s son in connection with communal clashes during a procession in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district.(PTI File Photo)
A case was lodged against Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwani Choubey’s son in connection with communal clashes during a procession in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Mar 19, 2018 09:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur/Patna | ByAvijit Biswas/Avinash Kumar

Police job aspirant girl found unconscious with severed hand in Bihar

Munger superintendent of police Ashish Bharati said the motive behind the attack on the girl was not yet clear.

Policemen at the spot where the girl was found unconscious.(HT photo)
Policemen at the spot where the girl was found unconscious.(HT photo)
Updated on Feb 27, 2018 03:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Srijan scam: Higher amount refunded into govt account, by ‘unknown sources’

An audit report of the bank account has revealed that the amount refunded into it — Rs 2.5 crore — was in excess of that “fraudulently transferred” from it allegedly by Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti.

The Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti, a women’s cooperative society based at Sabour in Bhagalpur district, 240 km east of Patna, has been identified as the beneficiary of the more than Rs 1,400-crore government fund transfer scam.(HT FILE PHOTO)
The Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti, a women’s cooperative society based at Sabour in Bhagalpur district, 240 km east of Patna, has been identified as the beneficiary of the more than Rs 1,400-crore government fund transfer scam.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Jan 19, 2018 02:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By, Bhagalpur

First graduate from Maoist-hit Bihar village bags TCS job under special employability programme

Pradip Kumar Hembrom of Maoist-hit Hiranatand village is among 17 youths of Bihar’s Banka district who have found placement in TCS after successful completion of a 25-day employability bridge and placement programme.

Banka district magistrate Kundan Kumar with youths who have been selected for jobs by TCS.(HT photo)
Banka district magistrate Kundan Kumar with youths who have been selected for jobs by TCS.(HT photo)
Published on Jan 11, 2018 01:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Three New Year revellers feared drowned in Bihar’s Bhagalpur

The boat was carrying nine boys when it sank within minutes of floating down the river after one of the New Year revellers had untied it.

Personnel of National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force have been pressed into service for rescue operation after the boat mishap in Bhagalpur district.(PTI file photo)
Personnel of National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force have been pressed into service for rescue operation after the boat mishap in Bhagalpur district.(PTI file photo)
Published on Jan 01, 2018 02:15 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Big island formation in Ganga hits navigation, water supply to Silk City

IWAI officials said the river has abandoned its original course and in certain areas huge sand bars have formed and are proving to be impediments in navigation.

Dredging under way in the river.(HT Photo)
Dredging under way in the river.(HT Photo)
Published on Dec 11, 2017 11:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

TCS initiative to boost employment opportunities in Maoist-hit Banka district of Bihar

A team from TCS is conducting a 20-day employability bridge and placement programme at Banka town for providing exhaustive personality grooming and corporate etiquette training to 70 aspirants.

A team from TCS conducting a training programme for placement at Banka.(HTphoto)
A team from TCS conducting a training programme for placement at Banka.(HTphoto)
Published on Dec 08, 2017 06:18 PM IST
Hindustan TImes, Bhagalpur | By

Three Bihar agri products—Jardalu mango, Katarni paddy, Magahi Paan—set for GI tag

Jardalu mango, Katarni paddy, Magahi Paan have figured in the Geographical Indications Journal’s issue of November 28, 2017.

Jardalu mango is known for its light yellow skin and special aroma.(HT file photo)
Jardalu mango is known for its light yellow skin and special aroma.(HT file photo)
Published on Dec 06, 2017 12:52 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Bhagalpur cops initiative to mentor S-I aspirants evokes good response

The initiative of Bhagalpur police has evoked overwhelming response with more than 500 candidates joining the open air coaching classes being conducted in morning hours.

Bhagalpur SSP Manoj Kumar addressing sub-inspector aspirants from economically weaker sections.(Kantesh/HT photo)
Bhagalpur SSP Manoj Kumar addressing sub-inspector aspirants from economically weaker sections.(Kantesh/HT photo)
Published on Dec 04, 2017 03:21 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Bihar court imposes Rs 1-crore cost on woman for ‘frivolous’ plea seeking grandchild’s custody

The court at Bhagalpur in Bihar ordered the petitioner to deposit Rs 1 crore for a fixed term in the name of the child.

The court at Bhagalpur granted the custody of the three-year-old child to her father.
The court at Bhagalpur granted the custody of the three-year-old child to her father.
Published on Nov 18, 2017 04:35 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Furnish ‘no Srijan loan’ declaration for Nov salary, govt staff in Bhagalpur told

Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti, a cooperative society based at Sabour in Bhagalpur district, has been identified as the beneficiary of the more than Rs 1,400-crore government fund transfer scam.

The office of Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti at Sabour in Bhagalpur district of Bihar.(HT file photp)
The office of Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti at Sabour in Bhagalpur district of Bihar.(HT file photp)
Updated on Oct 28, 2017 04:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Four women going for holy dip in Ganga ahead of Chhath run over by train in Bihar

According to police officials, the victims were on their way to take a dip in the Ganga, a day ahead of the Chhath festival.

People block the Jamalpur-Dasrathpur road after four women were run over by a train in Munger district of Bihar on Monday. (HT photo)
People block the Jamalpur-Dasrathpur road after four women were run over by a train in Munger district of Bihar on Monday. (HT photo)
Updated on Oct 23, 2017 06:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Train services restored in Bihar after 7-hour disruption following heavy rains

Train movement was temporarily disrupted due to overtopping of rail tracks after heavy rains in eastern Bihar following depression over Bay of Bengal.

Submerged railway tracks at Kajra station in Bihar’s Lakhisarai district temporarily disrupted movement of trains on Wednesday.(Pankaj Kumar/HT photo)
Submerged railway tracks at Kajra station in Bihar’s Lakhisarai district temporarily disrupted movement of trains on Wednesday.(Pankaj Kumar/HT photo)
Published on Oct 11, 2017 02:35 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Tragedy strikes Muharram processions, 4 electrocuted, 27 hurt as Tazias hit power cables

The high tension wires snapped when Tazias came into contact with live electric cables at Machipur and Milki villages of Bihar’s Bhagalpur district.

A Muharram procession.(HT file photo)
A Muharram procession.(HT file photo)
Published on Oct 02, 2017 02:35 PM IST
Hindusstan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Bihar policemen in trouble after threatening torture to seek Rs 1 lakh in bribe

The station house officer of Bakhri police station in Begusarai and an assistant sub- inspector were apparently exposed after an audio recording of their bribe demand was leaked online

(Representational image)
(Representational image)
Updated on Sep 23, 2017 10:55 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Another breach in Bihar’s Bhagalpur, this time in embankment wall

The incident comes close on the heels of the breach in the wall of Bateshwar Ganga Pump Nahar Yojna canal in Kahalgaon sub-division of Bhagalpur district, a day before its inauguration by chief minister Nitish Kumar.

A portion of the wall of Rahua embankment over Bilasi river breached in Sahkund block of Bhagalpur district.(HT photo)
A portion of the wall of Rahua embankment over Bilasi river breached in Sahkund block of Bhagalpur district.(HT photo)
Updated on Sep 22, 2017 06:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

NTPC denies flaw in design of underpass being blamed for Bhagalpur canal breach

Group general manager of NTPC’s Kahalgaon unit, Rakesh Samuel, says the underpass was constructed after procuring a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the government.

A portion of the irrigation canal had caved in during trials ahead of its inauguration in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district on Tuesday.(HT photo)
A portion of the irrigation canal had caved in during trials ahead of its inauguration in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district on Tuesday.(HT photo)
Published on Sep 21, 2017 05:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Retired armyman shot dead on passenger train in Bihar

Police believe the jawan’s killing to be a fallout of personal enmity.

A retired Army jawan was shot in a passenger train to Munger on Thursday.(Representative photo/AFP)
A retired Army jawan was shot in a passenger train to Munger on Thursday.(Representative photo/AFP)
Published on Sep 21, 2017 01:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Three more FIRs registered in Bihar’s Bhagalpur for illegal transfer of govt funds to Srijan

Bhagalpur-based Srijan has been identified as the main beneficiary of fraudulent transfer of hundreds of crores of rupees from government accounts

NGO Srijan’s office in Bhagalpur district of Bihar.(HT file photo)
NGO Srijan’s office in Bhagalpur district of Bihar.(HT file photo)
Published on Sep 20, 2017 07:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Rs 389-cr Bihar irrigation canal collapses hours before inauguration by Nitish

Officials said nearly 20 feet of the wall of the main canal of the Bateswar Ganga Pump Nahar Yojana breached during a trial and water gushed through, flooding a portion of the NTPC township nearby.

Nearly 20 feet of the wall of the main canal of the Bateswar Ganga Pump Nahar Yojana (BGPNY) breached during a trial on Tuesday.(HT Photo)
Nearly 20 feet of the wall of the main canal of the Bateswar Ganga Pump Nahar Yojana (BGPNY) breached during a trial on Tuesday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 20, 2017 08:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur/Patna | ByAvijit Biswas and Binod Dubey

Bihar funds diversion scam: NGO Srijan’s accounts reveal frequent withdrawals

The CBI, now probing the Rs 1.300-cr scam, has undertaken the process of ascertaining transaction details of six active accounts of Srijan in Bank of Baroda (BOB), which were frozen soon after the scam was unearthed.

NGO Srijan’s office at Bhagalpur in south eastern Bihar.(HT file photo)
NGO Srijan’s office at Bhagalpur in south eastern Bihar.(HT file photo)
Published on Sep 04, 2017 08:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

CBI at NGO Srijan’s office as R1,300-cr Bihar fund transfer scam probe picks pace

Srijan has been identified as the main beneficiary of the scam, in which fraudulent transfer of hundreds of crores of rupees from government accounts to the account(s) of this NGO, has been detected.

The central bureau of investigation office in New Delhi.(PTI represetative image)
The central bureau of investigation office in New Delhi.(PTI represetative image)
Published on Sep 01, 2017 07:23 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Srijan scam hits R101-crore mark in Banka; overall Bihar figure R1,300 crore estimated

NGO Srijan is main beneficiary of fraudulent transfer of hundreds of crores of rupees from government accounts to its accounts, a matter that the CBI has already initiated a probe into.

An NGO called Srijan has been found to have pulled off one of the most daring scams in Bihar’s history.(HT file photo)
An NGO called Srijan has been found to have pulled off one of the most daring scams in Bihar’s history.(HT file photo)
Published on Aug 31, 2017 06:28 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

9 kids drown during idol immersion in Bhagalpur; NDRF rescues 5 after boat tragedy in flood-hit Bihar

While nine children drowned during idol immersion in Bhagalpur, the NDRF was able to save five lives after a boat tragedy in Bihar’s flood-hit Muzaffarpur district.

NDRF personnel rescue the marooned in Bihar’s flood-hit Muzaffarpur district.(Photo: NDRF)
NDRF personnel rescue the marooned in Bihar’s flood-hit Muzaffarpur district.(Photo: NDRF)
Updated on Aug 28, 2017 01:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Patna/Bhagalpur | ByRuchir Kumar and Avijit Biswas

Srijan scam: Arrest warrants issued against NGO founder’s son, daughter-in-law

The Srijan Mahila Sahyog Samiti is accused of working in cahoots with bankers and treasury officials to illegally divert government funds into its own accounts. Besides Amit and Priya Kumar, a warrant has also been issued against Bhagalpur public grievances redressal officer Rajeev Ranjan Singh.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad has demanded the resignation of chief minister Nitish Kumar to ensure proper investigation of the scam.(PTI photo)
RJD chief Lalu Prasad has demanded the resignation of chief minister Nitish Kumar to ensure proper investigation of the scam.(PTI photo)
Updated on Aug 24, 2017 05:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Patna | By

Srijan scam accused dies in police custody due to kidney failure

Mahesh Mandal used to undergo dialysis 2-3 times a week. His family members have alleged that administrative and police negligence was responsible for his death.

A police team at the Srijan Mahila Sahyog Samiti office in Bhagalpur.(HT file photo)
A police team at the Srijan Mahila Sahyog Samiti office in Bhagalpur.(HT file photo)
Updated on Aug 21, 2017 06:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Delhi ex-law minister Tomar given anticipatory bail by Bihar court

Tomar had moved the court for anticipatory bail after an FIR was lodged against him by TM Bhagalpur University (TMBU) last month for committing fraud by way of procuring a fake law degree from the university. 

JS Tomar in his office in 2015, when he was law minister of Delhi.(PTI file photo)
JS Tomar in his office in 2015, when he was law minister of Delhi.(PTI file photo)
Published on Aug 18, 2017 10:06 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By
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