Avinash Kumar

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

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Firecracker blast near CM’s stage; 2nd security breach in a month

In a second breach of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s security in less than a month, a 23-year-old man detonated a firecracker blast close to the stage from where the CM was meeting people at a small gathering at Silao in Nalanda district on Tuesday, police said
Police arrested the suspect after the incident. (ANI)
Police arrested the suspect after the incident. (ANI)
Published on Apr 12, 2022 09:37 PM IST
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By, Patna

Low-intensity blast at Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s function; One held

Police have arrested the suspect who detonated a low-intensity blast at chief minister Nitish Kumar’s function in Nalanda and said the interrogation is on. This is the second breach in the CM’s security in less than a month.
The blast occurred barely 20 feet from the stage from where Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar was meeting around 250 people at Silao in his home district Nalanda. (PTI)
The blast occurred barely 20 feet from the stage from where Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar was meeting around 250 people at Silao in his home district Nalanda. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 12, 2022 08:04 PM IST
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Tensions in Bihar after violence during Ram Navami processions

Aurangabad police superintendent Kantesh Mishra said two groups clashed when one of them on motorcycles was trying to use a lane for a procession
Devotees take part in a 'Ram Navami' procession in Bihar’s Bodh Gaya on Monday. (PTI PHOTO)
Devotees take part in a 'Ram Navami' procession in Bihar’s Bodh Gaya on Monday. (PTI PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 12, 2022 01:05 PM IST
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Senior prison dept official’s premises searched in DA case

During the search at his three-storied palatial house located in phase II of Ashiana Nagar in Patna, the team found documents related to purchase of plots and flats at Deoghar, Jamshedpur and Ranchi in Jharkhand, a commercial Shop in Noida, plots in Bihta (Patna), Lodipur (Patna) and Noida. An agreement paper related to purchase of a plot in Bengaluru was also recovered from his house.
The house of Rupak Kumar in Patna. (HT Photo)
The house of Rupak Kumar in Patna. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 11, 2022 09:27 PM IST
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Pvt security guards, arms licences from J&K under police lens

Police in Bihar have detected indiscriminate use of firearms licences procured from Jammu & Kashmir by people working as private body guards of men with political clout.
Gun-toting private security guards in Bihar have drawn police attention. (HT)
Gun-toting private security guards in Bihar have drawn police attention. (HT)
Published on Apr 09, 2022 10:18 PM IST
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By, Patna

Three feared drowned as boat capsizes in Ganga

A country made boat carrying 11 people sailed from Brahmchari ghat capsized in Ganga River due to high waves and strong currents. Other boats rushed to the spot and rescued eight of them.
Two of the missing persons were said to be residents of Brahmchari while the third one remains unidentified. (Representational Image)
Two of the missing persons were said to be residents of Brahmchari while the third one remains unidentified. (Representational Image)
Published on Apr 09, 2022 03:43 PM IST
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Council candidate’s convoy attacked: Police conduct raids to arrest Shahabuddin’s son

PATNA: Two days after a Legislative Council candidate’s convoy was attacked in Siwan’s Mahuwal village, police on Wednesday carried out raids at several places, including Pratapnagar, the ancestral village of former Rashtriya Janata Dal(RJD) leader Mohammad Shahabuddin in search of his son Osama Shahab, police said
Osama Shahab (HT Photo)
Osama Shahab (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 06, 2022 09:48 PM IST
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Cop probing sexual harassment case demands sex from 20-yr-old victim; arrested

Gaya SSP Harpreet Kaur said the police officer was arrested after an initial probe by the head of a women police station supported the complainant’s allegations.
The Bihar police officer arrested in Gaya district was due to retire in about two years. (Getty Images/Vetta)
The Bihar police officer arrested in Gaya district was due to retire in about two years. (Getty Images/Vetta)
Published on Apr 06, 2022 01:54 AM IST
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Bihar: VIB raids on block supply officer unearth DA worth crores

The disproportionate assets allegedly amassed by the block supply officer included flats in New Delhi, Gurugram and Greater Noida, officials said.
VIB official said a DA case has been lodged against the block supply officer and the bureau is yet to reach the exact valuation for the properties. (Representational Image)
VIB official said a DA case has been lodged against the block supply officer and the bureau is yet to reach the exact valuation for the properties. (Representational Image)
Published on Apr 03, 2022 05:33 PM IST
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3 held in Khagaria for duping Vaishno Devi pilgrims with fake chopper tickets

Vaishno Devi Shrine Board said it has not authorised any private travel agency for helicopter bookings for Katra-Sanjichhat-Katra.
Vaishno Devi shrine (PTI)
Vaishno Devi shrine (PTI)
Published on Apr 02, 2022 10:00 PM IST
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By, Patna

Suspended cop who challenged Bihar DGP appointment in SC under ED lens

Dhiraj had challenged the appointment of Bihar police chief, director general of police (DGP) Sanjeev Kumar Singhal, alleging violation of the Supreme Court’s directions passed in a 2006 case. On March 8, 2022, a bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana has issued notice to the state government.
Constable Narendra Kumar Dhiraj (HT)
Constable Narendra Kumar Dhiraj (HT)
Updated on Apr 02, 2022 09:53 PM IST
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PM Modi to flag off Indo-Nepal rail service on April 2

The 34.50 km-long rail track is the first section of the rail line between the two countries and was completed at a total cost of 619 crore in 2021. Kurtha is near Janakpur, a pilgrimage destination in Nepal visited by people of both countries.
Jaynagar railway station in Bihar’s Madhubani district. (HT Photo)
Jaynagar railway station in Bihar’s Madhubani district. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 31, 2022 10:07 PM IST
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Abducted son of police officer found murdered

The body of 22-year-old son of a Bihar Police officer, who was abducted four days ago from Naugachhia in Bhagalpur district, was found in an agricultural field on Thursday, police said.
The deceased, Rohit Kumar, was abducted on March 28 from his native Sonbarsha village and his abductors had demanded <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>45 lakh for his release from his family, police said. (Picture for representation)
The deceased, Rohit Kumar, was abducted on March 28 from his native Sonbarsha village and his abductors had demanded 45 lakh for his release from his family, police said. (Picture for representation)
Published on Mar 31, 2022 10:05 PM IST
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Police officer’s son abducted for ransom

Son of a police officer was kidnapped from Naugachhia in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district Monday night and abductors have demanded 45 lakh for his safe release, police said on Wednesday.
The abductors have demanded a ransom of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>45 lakh for safe release. (Picture for representation)
The abductors have demanded a ransom of 45 lakh for safe release. (Picture for representation)
Published on Mar 30, 2022 10:12 PM IST
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JD(U) leader shot dead, angry protests break out

A ruling Janata Dal (United) leader in Bihar was shot dead on Monday night outside his residence in Danapur in the state capital, sparking angry protests, police said.
Locals stage a protest at Patna’s Danapur on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Locals stage a protest at Patna’s Danapur on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 29, 2022 09:32 PM IST
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JD(U) leader shot dead in front of police outpost in Patna

At least 10 political leaders and activists have been killed in the state over the last five months and raised questions over the law and order situation in Bihar
Deepak Kumar Mehta, 40, was killed outside his residence in Patna. (HT PHOTO)
Deepak Kumar Mehta, 40, was killed outside his residence in Patna. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 29, 2022 03:36 PM IST
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Attack on CM: Accused man freed on health grounds

The man who attacked Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar at a public function at Bakhtiarpur in Patna was mentally unstable and has been released on health grounds and handed over to the family, police said.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar at Bakhtiarpur in Patna on Sunday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar at Bakhtiarpur in Patna on Sunday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 28, 2022 10:08 PM IST
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By, Patna

Man shot at during argument with police in Bihar

Doctors treating Rahul Kumar Singh said they want to operate upon him to take out a bullet lodged in his body but it is risky
 (Getty Images)
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Updated on Mar 28, 2022 12:55 PM IST
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Nitish assaulted, 30-yr-old man detained: Police

  • Preliminary investigation revealed that the accused lost his job during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, and has been unemployed since, said an official, adding the man was also going through a divorce.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.(HT_PRINT)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.(HT_PRINT)
Published on Mar 28, 2022 05:49 AM IST
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By, Patna

Drones, chopper add pace to anti-liquor drive in Bihar amid hooch tragedies

The four-seater chopper, hired from Robinson Company, is mainly used in the riverine belt alongside the banks and a grid is being developed through mapping of the area, a senior police officer familiar with the developments said. On the basis of the grid, the anti-liquor drive is carried out from time to time.
Bihar may not have choppers for anti-Maoist operations in the state, but for surveillance on illegal trade and smuggling of liquor it has hired a chopper and 45 drones from different companies. (Image used for representation). (HT PHOTO.)
Bihar may not have choppers for anti-Maoist operations in the state, but for surveillance on illegal trade and smuggling of liquor it has hired a chopper and 45 drones from different companies. (Image used for representation). (HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Mar 27, 2022 11:59 PM IST
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IIT JAM 2022: Under-trial prisoner clears exam, secures 54th rank

An under-trial prisoner lodged at Nawada division jail has cleared the Joint Admission Test for Masters (JAM) 2022 examinations conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee across the country on February 13, said jail officials aware of the development.
Unter-trial prisoner Suraj Kumar . (HT Photo)
Unter-trial prisoner Suraj Kumar . (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 24, 2022 09:53 PM IST
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IIT JAM 2022: Under-trial prisoner Suraj Kumar clears exam, secures 54th rank

  • An under-trial prisoner, Suraj Kumar alias Kaushlendra, 23, lodged at Nawada divisional jail, cleared the Joint Admission Test for Masters (JAM) 2022 conducted by IIT Roorkee.
Suraj, a native of Mosma village under Warsaliganj police station, is lodged in jail since April 17, 2021.(Hand out)
Suraj, a native of Mosma village under Warsaliganj police station, is lodged in jail since April 17, 2021.(Hand out)
Updated on Mar 24, 2022 04:23 PM IST
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Bihar minor gang-raped, murdered

An eight-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped, brutalised and killed by three men at a village in Bihar’s Banka district, police said, adding that two accused have been arrested while hunt for the third is on.
Bihar minor gang-raped, murdered
Bihar minor gang-raped, murdered
Updated on Mar 21, 2022 01:57 AM IST
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By, Patna

Minor girl gang-raped, murdered in Banka, 2 held

A minor girl was allegedly gang-raped, assaulted, and murdered by three men in Bihar’s Banka district on Saturday, police said.
According to police, the body was found without clothes outside the village on March 19 evening. (Photo for representation)
According to police, the body was found without clothes outside the village on March 19 evening. (Photo for representation)
Published on Mar 20, 2022 09:44 PM IST
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Bihar mechanic’s murder was hatched from Burdwan jail to ‘settle scores’: Probe

PATNA: The investigation into the murder of 68-year-old Mahendra Bind, who was killed to settle scores last month, has revealed that the murder conspiracy was hatched inside West Bengal’s Burdwan jail
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Updated on Mar 18, 2022 09:28 AM IST
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Central nod in for prosecuting three ex-IAS officers in Bihar

The Centre has given its nod for prosecution proceedings against three retired IAS officers in Bihar connection with an alleged scholarship scam of 5.5 crore, which was detected seven years ago, officials familiar with the matter said.
SM Raju, one of the three former IAS officers involved in the alleged scholarship scam. (HT Archives)
SM Raju, one of the three former IAS officers involved in the alleged scholarship scam. (HT Archives)
Published on Mar 15, 2022 10:01 PM IST
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By, Patna

Bihar scholarship scam: Centre grants prosecution sanction

In November 2016, a case was registered against K P Ramaia, SM Raju, Ramashish Paswan and 13 others for alleged irregularities
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Updated on Mar 15, 2022 01:53 PM IST
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Hooch deaths: Six die in Bhagalpur, Gopalganj toll climbs to 10

Six people have died in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district after allegedly consuming spurious liquor while the toll in the latest suspected hooch tragedy in Gopalganj has risen to 10 with six more deaths, police said.
Six people have died in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district after allegedly consuming spurious liquor. (HT Photo)
Six people have died in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district after allegedly consuming spurious liquor. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 14, 2022 09:26 PM IST
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By, Patna

Bihar police issues alert after blasts in illegal cracker units

The Bihar police have said that illegal firecracker manufacturing units could be exploited by anti-national forces to carry out nefarious activities.
Bihar has witnessed back-to-back high intensity blasts in unlicensed firecracker manufacturing units located in densely populated areas of Bhagalpur and Gopalganj within a fortnight. (Representational Image)
Bihar has witnessed back-to-back high intensity blasts in unlicensed firecracker manufacturing units located in densely populated areas of Bhagalpur and Gopalganj within a fortnight. (Representational Image)
Published on Mar 13, 2022 10:10 AM IST
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2 women stabbed to death for objecting to relative’s harassment

  • The police have registered an FIR against seven people in the case and one person has been arrested.
Representative image (HT Photo)
Representative image (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 13, 2022 03:59 AM IST
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By, Patna
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