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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Four die in Gopalganj ‘hooch’ tragedy

When district administration got information about four bodies being cremated on Saturday morning, district magistrate Dr Nawal Kishor Choudhary sent a team on the spot to enquired about the incident.
In November last year, 21 people had died in a hooch tragedy at Mohammadpur of Gopalganj district. (HT)
In November last year, 21 people had died in a hooch tragedy at Mohammadpur of Gopalganj district. (HT)
Updated on Mar 12, 2022 09:20 PM IST
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By, Patna

Bihar mulls fast-tracking gun licences for panchayat leaders after spate of killings

Concerned over the rise in cases of murderous attacks on elected panchayat leaders in Bihar, the state’s home department on Friday instructed all district magistrates (DM) and police chiefs to immediately act on applications from them seeking gun licences, officials said.
Bihar Panchayati raj minister Samrat Choudhary interacts with the media outside the assembly on Friday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Bihar Panchayati raj minister Samrat Choudhary interacts with the media outside the assembly on Friday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 11, 2022 10:02 PM IST
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By, Patna

Man dies, son injured in Gopalganj blast

One person was killed and another injured in a blast at a house, apparently caused by firecrackers, in Bihar’s Gopalganj district on Wednesday, days after a similar but more powerful explosion in Bhagalpur left 15 people dead, police said.
At the explosion site in Bhagalpur on March 4. (ANI)
At the explosion site in Bhagalpur on March 4. (ANI)
Published on Mar 09, 2022 10:10 PM IST
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By, Patna

5 boys sent to juvenile justice board for gang rape of 2 minors in Bihar

The incident took place on Monday evening when the girls were harvesting vegetables in a field, said Jaishankar Mishra, station house officer of Barbigha police station.
During investigation, the boys confessed to having committed the crime after watching porn videos on a smartphone, a police officer said.(Representative image)
During investigation, the boys confessed to having committed the crime after watching porn videos on a smartphone, a police officer said.(Representative image)
Published on Mar 09, 2022 06:06 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Patna

71 IPS officers warned for not filing asset declaration

As many as 71 Indian Police Service (IPS) officers in Bihar, including 18 on central deputation, have been warned by the state administration that their salary could be stopped and departmental action initiated if they failed to submit a declaration of their movable and immovable properties for 2021-22 by the stipulated deadline.
IPS and IAS officers attending review preparedness meeting for the Bihar Assembly elections in Sept 30, 2020. As per the existing state government rule, all officers have to submit list of their assets for yearly analysis. (HT Archives)
IPS and IAS officers attending review preparedness meeting for the Bihar Assembly elections in Sept 30, 2020. As per the existing state government rule, all officers have to submit list of their assets for yearly analysis. (HT Archives)
Published on Mar 08, 2022 10:26 PM IST
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By, Patna

2 minor girls allegedly gang-raped by 5 teenagers in Bihar

The survivor’s family caught 2 of the accused and handed them over to the local police. They are currently in the custody of the juvenile justice board (JJB).
A first information report (FIR) has been lodged on the basis of a statement made by the grandmother of a survivor. (Representational Image)
A first information report (FIR) has been lodged on the basis of a statement made by the grandmother of a survivor. (Representational Image)
Updated on Mar 08, 2022 04:02 PM IST
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Bhagalpur blast: Key suspect surrenders in court

A key accused in the case of last week’s blast in Bihar’s Bhagalpur, which left 15 people dead, surrendered before a local court on Monday and was remanded in judicial custody for 14 days, police said.
At the site of the explosion in Bhagalpur. (ANI)
At the site of the explosion in Bhagalpur. (ANI)
Published on Mar 07, 2022 09:54 PM IST
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By, Patna

Bihar: Father allegedly kills daughter for refusing to marry man of his choice

The girl’s father, along with his two brothers, entered her room in an inebriated state late on Sunday when she was sleeping and attacked her.
The girl’s father, along with his two brothers, entered her room in an inebriated state late on Sunday when she was sleeping and attacked her. (Representational Image)
The girl’s father, along with his two brothers, entered her room in an inebriated state late on Sunday when she was sleeping and attacked her. (Representational Image)
Published on Mar 07, 2022 05:21 PM IST
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Two murder suspects lynched in separate incidents in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur

Police said the first lynching followed when chemist Bachcha Kishore Dubey, 55, was hacked to death in the middle of a road
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Published on Mar 07, 2022 02:59 PM IST
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Bhagalpur blast: Probe points to bomb making, house owner on run

Sources in the bomb disposal and detection squad (BDDS) of Bihar’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) said they had recovered at least seven kilograms of iron nails and 15 kilograms of explosives, besides some chemicals used in making bombs.
Rescue operation underway after the explosion in Bhagalpur on Friday. (PTI)
Rescue operation underway after the explosion in Bhagalpur on Friday. (PTI)
Published on Mar 05, 2022 08:56 PM IST
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By, Patna

14 dead in Bhagalpur blast; SHO suspended

Police suspect that the occupants of the two-storied house were illegally manufacturing firecrackers.
Bhagalpur, Mar 04 (ANI): Police personnel inspect the site after a massive explosion ripped through a three-storey building near the Kajwali Chak area under Tatarpur Police station on Thursday night, in Bhagalpur on Friday. (ANI Photo) (Aftab Alam Siddiqui)
Bhagalpur, Mar 04 (ANI): Police personnel inspect the site after a massive explosion ripped through a three-storey building near the Kajwali Chak area under Tatarpur Police station on Thursday night, in Bhagalpur on Friday. (ANI Photo) (Aftab Alam Siddiqui)
Published on Mar 05, 2022 12:07 AM IST
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Bhagalpur: 14 dead in firecracker unit blast

Fourteen people, including six women and two children, died and 10 others suffered serious injuries in Bihar’s Bhagalpur town in a massive explosion that ripped through the densely populated locality of Kajwalichak, whose inhabitants were said to be involved in illegal firecracker business, police said on Friday.
Rescue operations underway in Bhagalpur on Friday. (PTI)
Rescue operations underway in Bhagalpur on Friday. (PTI)
Published on Mar 04, 2022 10:26 PM IST
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By, Patna

8 killed in blast at illegal firecracker unit in Bihar’s Bhagalpur

The blast also led to the collapse of the two-storeyed house, where the firecrackers were being manufactured, and three other houses in the vicinity
The blast scene. (HT PHOTO)
The blast scene. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 04, 2022 11:39 AM IST
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Bids invited for development of land near Patna junction

The developer will be mandated to redevelop 59 units of the railway colony, internal roads, landscaping as well as providing civic amenities along with maintenance for three years
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Published on Mar 03, 2022 09:56 AM IST
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Mumbai police team visits Bihar to probe actor’s death

A two-member team of Mumbai police on Wednesday reached Bihar’s Muzaffarpur town and recorded statements of the family members of Akshat Utkarsh (26), an actor whose body was found hanging in his apartment in Mumbai on September 27, 2020.
Actor Akshat Utkarsh was found hanging in his Mumbai apartment on September 27,2020. (HT Photo)
Actor Akshat Utkarsh was found hanging in his Mumbai apartment on September 27,2020. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 02, 2022 09:21 PM IST
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By, Patna

Mumbai police team in Bihar to investigate actor Akshat Utkarsh death case

Actor Akshat Utkarsh’s father lodged a written complaint with Muzaffarpur Town police station. However, based on a zero FIR filed by police, the probe into the murder allegations was transferred to Mumbai’s Amboli Police as the incident occurred in their jurisdiction.
Actor Akshat Utkarsh died in mysterious circumstances on September 27, 2020 in Mumbai. (File)
Actor Akshat Utkarsh died in mysterious circumstances on September 27, 2020 in Mumbai. (File)
Published on Mar 02, 2022 04:15 PM IST
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7 Jharkhand women arrested for smuggling liquor into Bihar

During interrogation, they said they worked as domestic workers and earned easy money by smuggling liquor into Bihar, where the prohibition on alcohol was imposed in 2016
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Updated on Mar 01, 2022 01:44 PM IST
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Need to add pace to police recruitments: CM

Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday said that there was a need to add pace to police recruitment in the state, as there was a still significant shortage of policemen compared to several other states.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar presents an award to an IPS officer on the occasion of Police Week in Patna on Sunday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar presents an award to an IPS officer on the occasion of Police Week in Patna on Sunday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Feb 27, 2022 09:52 PM IST
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Bihar: 3 Cobra jawans injured in IED blast, 2 airlifted for New Delhi

205 Cobra battalion launched an operation against Maoists between Chakarbandha, Langurahi and Panchrukhia hilly and forest area of Gaya-Aurangabad bordering districts for the last two days.
The improvised explosive device (IED) planted by Maoists went off in Bihar’s Aurangabad district late on Friday evening (File/Representational Image/PTI)
The improvised explosive device (IED) planted by Maoists went off in Bihar’s Aurangabad district late on Friday evening (File/Representational Image/PTI)
Published on Feb 26, 2022 03:34 PM IST
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14 injured in bomb blast in Khagaria, 3 serious

Fourteen people, among them six children and five women, were injured in a bomb blast in Bihar’s Khagaria district on Thursday evening, police said.
According to police, the blast took place in a cluster of makeshift houses near railway track adjacent to Bakhribazar bus stand in Khagaria, which is inhabited mainly by ragpickers. (Picture for representation)
According to police, the blast took place in a cluster of makeshift houses near railway track adjacent to Bakhribazar bus stand in Khagaria, which is inhabited mainly by ragpickers. (Picture for representation)
Published on Feb 24, 2022 10:03 PM IST
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By, Patna

Judge, wife booked for attempt to murder

A principal judge of a family court in Bihar’s Khagaria and his wife have been booked for attempt to murder a Home Guard posted at his residence, police said on Thursday.
According to police, an FIr was lodged against the judge after Patna HC gave its consent. (Picture for representation)
According to police, an FIr was lodged against the judge after Patna HC gave its consent. (Picture for representation)
Published on Feb 24, 2022 10:03 PM IST
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Muzaffarpur shelter home case: Production warrant issued against key accused

A special SC/ST court in Muzaffarpur on Saturday issued a production warrant against Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused in the shelter home case involving sexual abuse of the girls staying there, said a court official familiar with the process.
Accused Brajesh Thakur in a court in Muzzaffarpur on August 8, 2018. (AFP/File photo)
Accused Brajesh Thakur in a court in Muzzaffarpur on August 8, 2018. (AFP/File photo)
Published on Feb 19, 2022 10:03 PM IST
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Woman set ablaze on witchcraft suspicions, dies

A woman was set ablaze and killed on witchcraft suspicions allegedly on the orders of a village panchayat in Bihar’s Nawada district on Thursday evening, police said, adding that at least 20 people have been arrested in this connection.
Police said that a case has been lodged against 52 named accused. (Picture for representation)
Police said that a case has been lodged against 52 named accused. (Picture for representation)
Published on Feb 18, 2022 10:02 PM IST
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‘Bhaiye’ controversy: Complaints filed in Bihar against Punjab CM Channi

In video that went viral, CM Charanjit Singh Channi is purportedly heard saying he will not let “Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi de bhaiye” enter poll-bound Punjab
Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi. (PTI)
Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 18, 2022 04:43 PM IST
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Patna shelter home case: HC orders probe by female police officer

The Patna HC on Friday directed that a woman police officer of the rank of deputy superintendent of police should carry out investigation in the Patna shelter home case in which at least two former inmates have alleged sexual exploitation and torture at the facility located at Gaighat in Bihar’s capital.
Several women outfits stage protest over the Gaighat shelter home case in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/Ht Photo)
Several women outfits stage protest over the Gaighat shelter home case in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/Ht Photo)
Published on Feb 11, 2022 10:08 PM IST
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By, Patna

2018 Bodh Gaya blast: Bangladesh national gets 10-year RI

The special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Patna on Friday sentenced a Bangladeshi national, member of terror outfit Jamat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment for his role in the bomb explosion in Bodh Gaya in 2018 when Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, along with several Buddhist pilgrims, was camping in the town to participate in the month-long Kalachakra puja, according to a lawyer involved in the case.
The accused has been sentenced to 10-year-RI. (HT Photo)
The accused has been sentenced to 10-year-RI. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 11, 2022 10:09 PM IST
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By, Patna

Demolition drive starts in Biharsharif in wake of hooch deaths

The Nalanda district administration in Bihar on Friday started a demolition drive in Hiranya Parvat area of Biharsharif where it had identified around 150 houses illegally built on government land, including 19 belonging to those allegedly involved in manufacturing liquor, as part of its crackdown in the wake of the alleged hooch tragedy on January 15 that has left 13 people dead, officials said.
Police investigate the suspected hooch deaths in Nalanda district on January 15. (ANI)
Police investigate the suspected hooch deaths in Nalanda district on January 15. (ANI)
Published on Feb 11, 2022 10:06 PM IST
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21 Patna cops dismissed for various offences

As as many as 21 Patna police constables have been dismissed from service for various reasons like absenteeism, corruption, liquor consumption and others, of which 11 had not showed up for duty in the last five years, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manavjit Singh Dhillon said on Tuesday.
Action taken after departmental inquires, said Patna SSP Manavjit Singh Dhillon. (Picture for representation)
Action taken after departmental inquires, said Patna SSP Manavjit Singh Dhillon. (Picture for representation)
Published on Feb 08, 2022 09:56 PM IST
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1 student dead, 8 injured as vehicles collide due to fog in Gopalganj

While a 12-year-old student died on the spot, 8 including six other students suffered injuries, after five vehicles collided with each other due to severe fog resulting in poor visibility on the National Highway-27 Monday, police said.
At the accident site in Gopalganj on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
At the accident site in Gopalganj on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Feb 07, 2022 10:04 PM IST
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Probe panel likely amid allegations of sexual exploitation at Bihar shelter home

On Wednesday, the Patna high court took suo moto congnisance of a media report about the alleged exploitation and the involvement of the shelter home in-charge superintendent
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Published on Feb 04, 2022 11:38 AM IST
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