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

Denied nod to hold public meeting at Bhagalpur, Tejashwi sits on midnight dharna

Citing security reasons, the Bhagalpur district administration has denied permission to RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav to hold rally in Bhagalpur’s Sabour. Yadav has gone to Bhagalpur to expose the government fund transfer scam, involving an NGO.

Former deputy chief minister of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav is in Bhagalpur to expose the government fund transfer scam.(PTI file photo)
Former deputy chief minister of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav is in Bhagalpur to expose the government fund transfer scam.(PTI file photo)
Updated on Aug 17, 2017 01:35 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Welfare officer’s flat raided in Rs 700-cr Bihar government fund transfer scam

The Bhagalpur senior superintendent of police said the flat of the district welfare officer was raided after “convincing evidences of his involvement in the scam” was found.

Securitymen stand guard outside the apartment in which the flat of the district welfare officer was raided in connection with the fund transfer scam, at Bhagalpur on Monday.(HT photo)
Securitymen stand guard outside the apartment in which the flat of the district welfare officer was raided in connection with the fund transfer scam, at Bhagalpur on Monday.(HT photo)
Published on Aug 14, 2017 01:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

NGO siphons of Rs 295-cr govt funds in Bihar; Big scam, says Nitish, orders probe

Soon after CM Kumar announced the detection of the scam, in Patna, a team of officials, led by GS Gangwar, IG, economic offence unit, left for Bhagalpur to start probe into the misappropriation of funds.

The Bhagalpur collectorate building.(File photo)
The Bhagalpur collectorate building.(File photo)
Published on Aug 09, 2017 08:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Police plan Lok Samvad in Maoist strongholds in Munger, Bhagalpur from next month

The objective of extending the Lok Samvad programme to Maoist strongholds in Banka, Jamui, Munger and Lakhisarai districts in eastern Bihar is building confidence of people in policing.

Police holding a Lok Samvad at a Munger village.(HT photo)
Police holding a Lok Samvad at a Munger village.(HT photo)
Published on Aug 09, 2017 12:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Woman branded witch, shot dead in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district

Sita Devi, 50, was allegedly held responsible for the death of a calf, born premature, and shot dead in Naugachia subdivision of Bhagalpur district.

The body of the victim was recovered from a field in Naugachia subdivision of Bhagalpur district.(Representative image)
The body of the victim was recovered from a field in Naugachia subdivision of Bhagalpur district.(Representative image)
Published on Jul 25, 2017 05:52 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Intel alert of possible terror strike at NTPC Kahalgaon super thermal power plant in Bihar

The intelligence bureau has issued security alert as part of its security audit of vital installations undertaken last month. 

The NTPC Kahalgaon super thermal power plant in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district.(HT file photo)
The NTPC Kahalgaon super thermal power plant in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district.(HT file photo)
Published on Jul 21, 2017 03:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Bihar’s Bhagalpur varsity FIR against Delhi ex-minister Tomar in fake law degree case

The FIR was filed on Thursday, about four months after Tomar’s ‘fake’ degree was cancelled by the Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur university, after receiving approval of its academic council, syndicate and senate. 

An inquiry conducted by Bhagalpur university had found Tomar had obtained his law degree fraudulently.(PTI file photo)
An inquiry conducted by Bhagalpur university had found Tomar had obtained his law degree fraudulently.(PTI file photo)
Published on Jul 20, 2017 10:06 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Branded as police informers, Maoists bludgeon woman, her two sons in Bihar’s Jamui district

Suspecting a mother and her two sons to be police informers, Maoists raided a Jamui village in Bihar, picked them from their home, took them to a distance and bludgeoned them with boulders.

Maoist pamphlet, branding the victims as police ‘middlemen’, recovered from the scene of the crime in Bihar’s Jamui district.(HT photo)
Maoist pamphlet, branding the victims as police ‘middlemen’, recovered from the scene of the crime in Bihar’s Jamui district.(HT photo)
Published on Jul 14, 2017 04:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Shravani Mela: Police to escort pilgrims in Maoist areas of Bihar

The 11 km dense Gangta forest area in Bihar’s Jamui district is notorious for Maoist activities. Police have made arrangements to escort vehicles of pilgrims in a convoy through the forest patch.

Preparations are complete for pilgrims of Shravani Mela at Sultanganj, where they will collect water from the Ganges and proceed to Deoghar.(Niraj/Hindustan Times)
Preparations are complete for pilgrims of Shravani Mela at Sultanganj, where they will collect water from the Ganges and proceed to Deoghar.(Niraj/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jul 14, 2017 04:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Four police constables arrested for consuming liquor in dry Bihar

The constables were also suspended after the senior superintendent of police of Bhagalpur in Bihar found them consuming liquor at a police outpost.

The arrested constables at the Government Railway Police station in Bhagalpur.(Niraj/HT photo)
The arrested constables at the Government Railway Police station in Bhagalpur.(Niraj/HT photo)
Updated on Jul 16, 2017 01:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

40 years on, an irrigation project in Bihar is ready for inauguration

The cost of Ganga Pump Nahar Yojana (GPNY), an irrigation project initiated in 1977, has escalated to Rs 828 crore from the estimated Rs 13.77 crore.

The Ganga Pump Nahar Yojana at Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur district.(HT photo)
The Ganga Pump Nahar Yojana at Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur district.(HT photo)
Published on Jul 05, 2017 12:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Bihar drags feet on Central varsity in Bhagalpur; district identifies three chunks of land

Two years after the Centre proposed setting up the Vikramshila central university in Bhagalpur, the district administration has shortlisted three chunks of land for consideration.

President Pranab Mukerjee at the excavated ruins of the Vikramshila university in Bhagalpur.(Niraj/HT file photo)
President Pranab Mukerjee at the excavated ruins of the Vikramshila university in Bhagalpur.(Niraj/HT file photo)
Updated on Jun 26, 2017 02:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

IIIT-Bhagalpur to become functional from August; IIT-Guwahati to mentor

The Indian Institute of Information Technology, first in Bihar, will function from its temporary campus on the premises of Bhagalpur College of Engineering with 120 students in the first batch.

The building from where the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) will function at Bhagalpur in Bihar.(Niraj/HT photo)
The building from where the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) will function at Bhagalpur in Bihar.(Niraj/HT photo)
Updated on Jun 21, 2017 02:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Class 10 student gangraped, pushed out of train in Bihar’s Lakhisarai

The victim was allegedly picked up by a group of youngsters living in her neighbourhood when she ventured out of her home late evening on Thursday.

A social activist at a protest rally against rape incidents, in New Delhi. The victim in the Bihar train incident is a class 10 student.(AFP File Photo)
A social activist at a protest rally against rape incidents, in New Delhi. The victim in the Bihar train incident is a class 10 student.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Jun 19, 2017 12:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Two Maoists killed in Jamui (Bihar) encounter

The encounter between Maoists and central para military forces took place in Barmasia forest under Barhat police station of Jamui district of south eastern Bihar, on Sunday.

Jawans of the central para military forces with the body of a slain Maoist in the forest of Jamui (Bihar) on Sunday.(HT photo)
Jawans of the central para military forces with the body of a slain Maoist in the forest of Jamui (Bihar) on Sunday.(HT photo)
Updated on Jul 14, 2017 04:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

‘Drunk’ man kills son, injures another in dry Bihar: How did he get alcohol?

While the injured victim told the Hindustan Times that his father shot his brother and him in a drunken state, aggrieved as he was over their resistance to his drinking habit, police say there was no evidence to suggest that the crime was committed under influence of liquor.

An injured Chhotu Yadav undergoing treatment at JLNMCH after being shot at by his father in Bhagalpur.(Niraj/HT photo)
An injured Chhotu Yadav undergoing treatment at JLNMCH after being shot at by his father in Bhagalpur.(Niraj/HT photo)
Updated on Jun 08, 2017 05:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

From Bihar, with love: Jardalu mangoes for Prez Mukherjee before he demits office

Bihar sends to VIPs in Delhi Jardalu, a highly prized mango. Last year, there was a break in the custom of sending Jardalu gift packs

Jardalu mangoes(HT Photo)
Jardalu mangoes(HT Photo)
Published on Jun 03, 2017 09:22 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Hit by coal shortage, NTPC advances maintenance work at Bihar plant to save reserved stock

The NTPC Kahalgaon plant in Bihar is experiencing coal short supply of 7,000 metric tonnes (approx) per day. The shutdown is likely to help the plant save 5000 metric tonnes of coal per day.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) men rescue trapped workers after mines subsidence near Lalmatia in Jharkhand in December 2016. Coal supply to NTPC’s Kahalgaon plant from Lalmatia has remained affected since the mishap.(HT file photo.)
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) men rescue trapped workers after mines subsidence near Lalmatia in Jharkhand in December 2016. Coal supply to NTPC’s Kahalgaon plant from Lalmatia has remained affected since the mishap.(HT file photo.)
Updated on May 26, 2017 06:09 PM IST
Avijit Biswas, Bhagalpur | By

Govt school teacher shot dead in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district

Vijay Kumar, a contractual teacher in a government middle school in Khagaria district, was shot dead by unidentified criminals when he was returning home in Naugachia subdivision of Bihar’s Bhagalpur district.

Police suspect land dispute could have been linked to the murder.(Representative image)
Police suspect land dispute could have been linked to the murder.(Representative image)
Updated on May 25, 2017 12:05 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Job at stake for TMBU grad due to gaffe, erring principal fined Rs 50,000

Bhagalpur -based TMBU has put on hold the student’s degree and slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 on the principal of DNS College in Bihar’s Banka district, which allowed her to take the combination of subjects, not prescribed by the university.

Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University is struggling to find a way to correct the error(File photo)
Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University is struggling to find a way to correct the error(File photo)
Updated on Jun 21, 2017 02:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Mutilated body of woman killed for dowry found buried in farm field

While searching for the victim, a police team noticed loose soil in an agriculture field in Naugachia subdivision of Bihar’s Bhagalpur district. When the loose soil was cleared to a certain depth, the police noticed the mutilated body .

The body of the victim was found buried an agriculture field.(Representative photo)
The body of the victim was found buried an agriculture field.(Representative photo)
Updated on May 25, 2017 12:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

BAU’s ad film to promote non-alcoholic neera in dry state

Bihar Agriculture University vice chancellor (VC) Ajoy Kumar Singh said the film, without any comparative reference to other non-alcoholic beverages, “attempts to establish neera as a healthy drink”.

Members of the team that made an advertisement film to promote neera, on the campus of Bihar Agriculture University, Sabour.(HT photo)
Members of the team that made an advertisement film to promote neera, on the campus of Bihar Agriculture University, Sabour.(HT photo)
Updated on Jun 21, 2017 02:51 PM IST

Bihar woman suffers rare burst abdomen problem after C-section

The patient, Biwi Gudiya, had undergone a caesarean section at Bhagalpur sadar hospital on May 9. Family members alleged that her stitches were removed before they had properly dried.

Attendants of Biwi Gudiya at Bhagalpur sadar hospital.(Kantesh/HT photo)
Attendants of Biwi Gudiya at Bhagalpur sadar hospital.(Kantesh/HT photo)
Published on May 18, 2017 02:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Bihar: Woman’s abdomen bursts, guts spill out after C-section

The patient, Biwi Gudiya, had undergone a caesarean section at Bhagalpur sadar hospital on May 9. Family members alleged that her stitches were removed before they had properly dried.

Attendants of Biwi Gudiya at Bhagalpur sadar hospital.(Kantesh/HT photo)
Attendants of Biwi Gudiya at Bhagalpur sadar hospital.(Kantesh/HT photo)
Updated on May 20, 2017 10:46 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

After failed suicide attempt, Jharkhand police officer jumps to death in Bihar hospital

A Jharkhand assistant sub-inspector of police, admitted to Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College Hospital in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district, committed suicide by jumping to death from the four-storey hospital building. He had survived an earlier suicide attempt on May 4.

Deceased Jharkhand cop's wife Agne Soren talking to Bhagalpur SSP Manoj Kumar. (HT photo)
Deceased Jharkhand cop's wife Agne Soren talking to Bhagalpur SSP Manoj Kumar. (HT photo)
Published on May 10, 2017 11:28 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Wild elephant kills two people in Bhagalpur

Shortage of water and drying of leaves in forest area due to summer heat is causing elephants to deviate from their traditional migration route

Villagers drive away an elephant which had strayed in Khalgaon area of Bhagalpur district from Godda district of neighbouring Jharkhand state.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Villagers drive away an elephant which had strayed in Khalgaon area of Bhagalpur district from Godda district of neighbouring Jharkhand state.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on May 08, 2017 09:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Girl student of Bihar college murdered, body found on campus, police suspect affair

A young girl was bludgeoned to death on college campus. Police suspect it to be a love affair gone awry.

Agitated students talk to TNB College principal RPC Verma, demanding proper security on college campus in Bhagalpur.(Niraj/HT photo)
Agitated students talk to TNB College principal RPC Verma, demanding proper security on college campus in Bhagalpur.(Niraj/HT photo)
Updated on May 07, 2017 03:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

50 kg ganja seized from Rajdhani Express in Bihar, three arrested

Three persons, travelling in A-4 coach of the premier train, were arrested with the consignment kept in three bags near Chapra junction in Bihar.

Railway Protection Force personnel with the arrested persons and the seized contraband.(HT photo)
Railway Protection Force personnel with the arrested persons and the seized contraband.(HT photo)
Updated on May 03, 2017 05:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By

Maoists kill JCB driver, set six vehicles on fire in Bihar

Donning police uniform, suspected Maoists attacked the hub of the illegal sand trade in Bihar’s Lakhisarai district and fired 15 to 20 rounds, killing the driver of a JCB payloader, and set on fire five trucks, parked there for lifting the illegally mined sand and a motorcycle.

Two of the five trucks set on fire by suspected Maoists in Bihar’s Lakhisarai district.(HT photo)
Two of the five trucks set on fire by suspected Maoists in Bihar’s Lakhisarai district.(HT photo)
Published on Apr 15, 2017 11:41 AM IST
HT Correspondent, Patna/Bhagalpur | ByAvinash Kumar/ Avijit Biswas

Bihar: University forgets to print question papers, exam postponed

Ninety four students taking the second semester postgraduate Hindi examination of Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University had to return without writing the test as question papers were not printed.

Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University
Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University
Updated on Jun 21, 2017 02:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By
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