Avinash Kumar

Avinash, a senior correspondent, reports on crime, railways, defence and social sector, with specialisation in police, home department and other investigation agencies.

Articles by Avinash Kumar

Five ‘sadhus’ from UP town held in Nawada, herbal ‘remedies’ seized

SP Ambrish Rahul told HT that the locals saw six men, all dressed in saffron robes, alighting from a passenger train at Chatar railway halt and asking people for alms

During their questioning, they were found to be Muslims, as per their Aadhaar cards, the SP said. (Picture for representation)
During their questioning, they were found to be Muslims, as per their Aadhaar cards, the SP said. (Picture for representation)
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 10:02 PM IST
By, Patna

Youth allegedly shot dead by three bike-borne men in Patna

The 18-year-old victim was rushed to the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) where he succumbed to his injuries, police said

The youth was sitting in his shop when three masked assailants on a bike shot him multiple times. (Representative file image)
The youth was sitting in his shop when three masked assailants on a bike shot him multiple times. (Representative file image)
Published on Jan 31, 2023 10:33 AM IST

35 semi-finished pistols seized from train

Pistols were recovered from the toilet of a general coach during a search on Danapur-Sahebganj Intercity Express train at Jamalpur railway station.

Munger in Bihar is notorious as a hub for manufacturing of illegal arms. (HT archive)
Munger in Bihar is notorious as a hub for manufacturing of illegal arms. (HT archive)
Published on Jan 28, 2023 09:57 PM IST
By, Patna

At least 5 dead in latest hooch tragedy in Bihar

According to a statement issued by the district administration, 10 people were admitted to the district hospital in Siwan around 7 pm on Sunday after they complained of stomach pain, nausea and dizziness.

A man undergoes treatment after allegedly consuming spurious liquor in Siwan district on Monday. (PTI)
A man undergoes treatment after allegedly consuming spurious liquor in Siwan district on Monday. (PTI)
Published on Jan 23, 2023 10:05 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar woman kills husband - made it look like accident - to get secure govt job

Police said that for the job, she hired two contract killers, identified as Shashikant alias Sanjay Kumar and Ranjit alias Sanjay Yadav for Rs. 1 lakh and paid them Rs. 25,000 in advance

The man, a railway employee was killed on December 31 (Representative Photo)
The man, a railway employee was killed on December 31 (Representative Photo)
Updated on Jan 23, 2023 03:34 PM IST

3 killed, 7 hospitalised in fresh hooch tragedy in Bihar’ Siwan district

Police said the toll is expected to climb further and they are searching for more sick people who might be in hiding to avoid interrogation

The Siwan police have arrested 12 persons and launched a drive against the liquor mafia. (Representative Image)
The Siwan police have arrested 12 persons and launched a drive against the liquor mafia. (Representative Image)
Updated on Jan 23, 2023 11:09 AM IST

Stone pelted at Vande Bharat Express in Bihar’s Katihar

This is the second incident of stone pelting on Vande Bharat Express in Bihar within 20 days, and a complaint has been lodged under the Railway Act

The window panes of the C6 coach of the Vande Bharat Express train was damaged in the incident. (Sourced)
The window panes of the C6 coach of the Vande Bharat Express train was damaged in the incident. (Sourced)
Published on Jan 21, 2023 12:16 PM IST

Mahadalit Vikas Mission scam: Ex-IAS officer sent to judicial custody after bail denied

The alleged scam involved fudging of data of training imparted to Dalit students between 2010 and 2016 and embezzlement of funds meant for the purpose.

The retired IAS officer, SM Raju, was sent to 14 days of judicial custody by the vigilance court, which had, on January 18, granted him interim relief till January 20 after he surrendered before it in compliance with a Supreme Court order. (Picture for representation)
The retired IAS officer, SM Raju, was sent to 14 days of judicial custody by the vigilance court, which had, on January 18, granted him interim relief till January 20 after he surrendered before it in compliance with a Supreme Court order. (Picture for representation)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 10:29 PM IST
By, Patna

Four Bangladeshi nationals arrested in Bihar’s Kishanganj

Police said that after interrogation, they confessed that they entered Kishanganj in Bihar through the North Dinajpur district in West Bengal two days ago and have no legal documents

The group was apprehended by railway police while they were waiting to board the Amritsar bound train in from Kishanganj (Representative Photo)
The group was apprehended by railway police while they were waiting to board the Amritsar bound train in from Kishanganj (Representative Photo)
Updated on Jan 20, 2023 01:16 PM IST

2 men caught on Dibrugarh-New Delhi Rajdhani Express for harassing school girls

Police said the two men were also booked for consumption of liquor in Bihar after a breath analyser test supported allegations that they were drunk

Accident or crime scene cordon tape, police line do not cross. It is nighttime, emergency lights of police cars flashing blue, red and white in the background (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Accident or crime scene cordon tape, police line do not cross. It is nighttime, emergency lights of police cars flashing blue, red and white in the background (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jan 18, 2023 08:24 PM IST

Minor girl who fled to escape marriage 5 years ago becomes cop in Delhi police

According to police officials, the girl, now 21 and unmarried, had on Monday visited the police station with a relative and recorded her statement before the investigating officer

The matter came to light when Bochahan SHO Arvind Prasad was reviewing pending cases in his station. (File image)
The matter came to light when Bochahan SHO Arvind Prasad was reviewing pending cases in his station. (File image)
Published on Jan 17, 2023 06:59 PM IST

Maoist splinter group Azad Hind Fauj founder Nitesh Singh arrested in UP

The Ultra revealed that he formed a self-styled militia group namely Azad Hind Fauj and killed four Maoists who allegedly murdered his uncle, cousin and brother-in-law

 (Representative Photo)
(Representative Photo)
Published on Jan 17, 2023 12:45 PM IST

Tikait visits Buxar, warns of intensifying stir

Tikait said he would visit Buxar again and stay for 4-5 days to plan future course of action, including a tractor yatra on January 26.

BKU leader Rakesh Tikait in Buxar on Monday. (HT Photo)
BKU leader Rakesh Tikait in Buxar on Monday. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 16, 2023 10:20 PM IST
By, Patna

Five inmates killed jawan to escape observation home

The juvenile inmates planned to flee the observation home after attacking the guard, police said. The incident took place when Singh was patrolling the remand centre at around 6.45 am.

Five inmates of a children’s remand home at Chhapra town in Bihar’s Saran district allegedly stabbed to death a guard (Agencies/Representative use)
Five inmates of a children’s remand home at Chhapra town in Bihar’s Saran district allegedly stabbed to death a guard (Agencies/Representative use)
Updated on Jan 15, 2023 12:09 AM IST
By, Patna

Juvenile home guard stabbed to death by inmates in Chapra

Inmates of a juvenile home at Chapra in Bihar’s Saran district stabbed a Home Guard jawan to death Saturday morning, a senior police officer said

A juvenile home. (HT)
A juvenile home. (HT)
Published on Jan 14, 2023 08:54 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar: Maoist awarded life sentence in 2019 murder and loot case

In an attack that took place on November 19, 2013, three officers of the railway police escort party of Sahebganj-Danapur Intercity Express were killed and their firearms and ammunition looted by the Maoists

In an attack on November 19, 2013, three officers of the railway police escort party were killed and their firearms and ammunition looted by Maoists (Representative Photo)
In an attack on November 19, 2013, three officers of the railway police escort party were killed and their firearms and ammunition looted by Maoists (Representative Photo)
Updated on Jan 14, 2023 03:48 PM IST

Buxar violence: Police lodge 5 FIRs against 66 named, 1,159 unknown persons

A group of farmers protesting over compensation for land acquisition for Chousa power plant turned violent and attacked the policemen who tried to control the mob in Bihar’s Buxar on Wednesday

The farmers’ protest in Buxar turned violent after a video clip of a midnight police raid, where cops were seen assaulting farmers, went viral on social media. (Photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
The farmers’ protest in Buxar turned violent after a video clip of a midnight police raid, where cops were seen assaulting farmers, went viral on social media. (Photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Jan 14, 2023 03:20 PM IST

Pleas filed against Bihar minister over remark on Ramcharitmanas

Patna: At least three petitions were filed in various courts in Bihar on Friday against state education minister Chandrashekhar’s controversial remarks on Hindu epic poem Ramcharitmanas, even as the senior RJD leader said he stood by his statements.

Bihar education minister Chandrashekhar in Patna.
Bihar education minister Chandrashekhar in Patna.
Updated on Jan 14, 2023 12:47 AM IST

CBI gets Centre’s nod to prosecute Lalu in land-for-jobs scam

CBI has received the Centre’s sanction to prosecute former railways minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad in the land-for-jobs scam.

RJD MP Misa Bharti with her father and former union minister Lalu Prasad Yadav after his kidney transplantation surgery, at a hospital in Singapore. (PTI)
RJD MP Misa Bharti with her father and former union minister Lalu Prasad Yadav after his kidney transplantation surgery, at a hospital in Singapore. (PTI)
Published on Jan 14, 2023 12:40 AM IST
By, Patna

CBI gets sanction to prosecute Lalu in land-for-jobs case

On October 7 last year, the CBI had filed a charge sheet against 16 people, including Prasad, his wife and former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi, daughter Misa Bharti and two former senior railway officials.

Lalu Prasad. (ANI)
Lalu Prasad. (ANI)
Published on Jan 13, 2023 10:02 PM IST
By, Patna

Farmers’ stir in Buxar: Police raid led to violent flare-up

A video clip of the police raid led by a team led by sub-inspector Amit Kumar, Muffasil police station house officer (SHO), purportedly showing policemen assaulting and misbehaving with the families of farmers, has been circulating on the social media.

Vehicles torched by angry farmers in Buxar, who are demanding better compensation for land acquired for a thermal power plant. (HT)
Vehicles torched by angry farmers in Buxar, who are demanding better compensation for land acquired for a thermal power plant. (HT)
Published on Jan 12, 2023 10:05 PM IST
By, Patna

Violence erupts in Bihar’s Buxar after cops thrash farmers

According to the police, farmers torched at least 16 vehicles, including police vans, three fire tenders, an ambulance and three buses belonging to the state-run Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN)

HT Image
HT Image
Updated on Jan 12, 2023 12:18 AM IST

Farmers’ protest turns violent in Bihar’s Buxar after midnight raid by police

The farmers attacked the policemen who tried to control the mob and pelted stones at Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) power plant at Buxar’s Chousa locality

The farmers claimed that they had been protesting against the Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) power plant company for a new rate of land acquisition for the project. (Hindustan)
The farmers claimed that they had been protesting against the Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) power plant company for a new rate of land acquisition for the project. (Hindustan)
Updated on Jan 11, 2023 04:00 PM IST

Top IAS officer in Bihar, ex-RJD MLA booked for raping HC lawyer

Patna’s SSP Manavjit Singh Dhillon said the FIR has been registered for rape and other sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC), besides sections of the Information Technology Act.

According to police, the woman first complained to police in 2021, alleging that the former RJD MLA Gulab Yadav lured her with promise to make her a member of the Bihar Women’s Commission and called her to his residence in Rukanpura in Patna in 2016. The MLA allegedly raped her there and made a video. (Picture for representation)
According to police, the woman first complained to police in 2021, alleging that the former RJD MLA Gulab Yadav lured her with promise to make her a member of the Bihar Women’s Commission and called her to his residence in Rukanpura in Patna in 2016. The MLA allegedly raped her there and made a video. (Picture for representation)
Published on Jan 10, 2023 10:44 PM IST
By, Patna

‘Dead’ teacher caught alive, gets 14-yr RI for minor’s rape

During the trial of the case, Niraj’s father Rajaram Modi, in April 2022, produced a forged death certificate for his son and a photograph of the funeral in the court, leading to the closure of the case.

The teacher surrendered before the POCSO court on October 17, 2022. (Picture for representation)
The teacher surrendered before the POCSO court on October 17, 2022. (Picture for representation)
Published on Jan 10, 2023 10:44 PM IST
By, Patna

2 men arrested in Patna for drinking on board IndiGo flight from Delhi

Nitish Kumar and Rohit, the two passengers, were handed over to the local police after the flight landed in Patna

An IndiGo official said a co-passenger noticed they were having alcohol and complained to the crew. (Twitter (Representative))
An IndiGo official said a co-passenger noticed they were having alcohol and complained to the crew. (Twitter (Representative))
Updated on Jan 09, 2023 03:26 PM IST
ByAvinash Kumar & Neha LM Tripathi

Bihar: NIA files chargesheet against four in PFI case

The chargesheet mentioned that the accused arranged rented accommodation in Ahmad Palace, Phulwarisharif, in the state capital and used its premises for imparting training in the commission of acts of violence and holding criminal conspiracy meetings

The case pertains to the involvement of the accused and suspected persons associated with the PFI in unlawful and anti-national activities (Representative Photo)
The case pertains to the involvement of the accused and suspected persons associated with the PFI in unlawful and anti-national activities (Representative Photo)
Published on Jan 07, 2023 09:17 PM IST

Another accused arrested from Delhi in Bihar hooch tragedy case

The Bihar police said the accused Mangal Rai is the person who supplied spirit and chemicals to the mastermind of the Saran hooch tragedy case, Rajesh Singh alias Doctor

The Saran hooch tragedy claimed over 70 lives last month. (Representative Image)
The Saran hooch tragedy claimed over 70 lives last month. (Representative Image)
Updated on Jan 06, 2023 04:09 PM IST

44 IPS officers shifted in Bihar, senior most to head Vigilance

Alok Raj, the 1989-batch IPS officer who recently lost the race for the post of director general of police (DGP) to the 1990-batch IPS officer RS Bhatti, has been made DG, Vigilance Investigation Bureau (VIB).

This is the first big reshuffle in police after R S Bhatti took charge as the state police chief earlier this month. (HT file)
This is the first big reshuffle in police after R S Bhatti took charge as the state police chief earlier this month. (HT file)
Published on Dec 31, 2022 09:15 PM IST
By, Patna

In major reshuffle, 13 IAS, 44 IPS officers transferred in Bihar

Raj, the most senior IPS officer in the state and currently posted as DG (training), is to be accommodated on a post which would not require him to report to the DGP, as per practice and precedence

 (Representative Photo)
(Representative Photo)
Published on Dec 31, 2022 08:12 PM IST
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