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

Bihar: Maoists gun down 3 in Amkola village in Gaya

Suspected Maoists shot dead three people and injured two others at a village in Bihar's Gaya district on Monday. The killings occurred between midnight and 1am at Amkola village, about 60km from the district headquarters.
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Updated on Nov 11, 2013 07:12 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Gaya

Victim's widow talks to Modi in Gujarati

When Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi picked up the phone on Saturday to speak to Priyanka Srivastava, whose husband died in a blast at the site of Modi's rally on October 27, she spoke to him in Gujarati, sobbing. Avinash Kumar reports.
Updated on Nov 02, 2013 11:44 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Patna

GRP men wanted to see ‘bomb licence’

Carrying and detonating a bomb is not a crime – as long as you have legal papers. Or so it appears, if one goes by the FIR filed by the GRP against Mohd Imtiaz Ansari. Avinash Kumar reports.
Updated on Nov 01, 2013 04:24 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Hyder Ali flees after NIA loses Patna blasts 'witness'

It was a bad day at work for the National Investigation Agency. A ‘witness’ in the Patna serial blasts fled from the custody of the country’s top anti-terror body only to alert the alleged mastermind it was closing in on. Saikat Datta and Avinash Kumar report. Prime suspect in Patna rally blasts dies
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Updated on Nov 01, 2013 03:17 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | BySaikat Datta and Avinash Kumar, New Delhi/patna

'Muzaffarnagar riots triggered Bihar blasts'

The attack on Narendra Modi's rally in Patna was meant as a revenge for the recent Muzaffarnagar riots, the two men arrested have allegedly admitted. Avinash Kumar & Ashok Mishra reports.
Updated on Oct 31, 2013 03:03 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByAvinash Kumar & Ashok Mishra, Patna

Patna serial blasts mastermind will soon be caught: Union home secy

Union home secretary Anil Goswami on Tuesday said the mastermind behind Sunday's serial bomb blasts that occurred before BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s rally in Patna would soon be caught.
Updated on Oct 30, 2013 01:42 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Five more bombs recovered at Gandhi Maidan

All five bombs were placed at strategic locations to cause the maximum damage but did not go off as the wires were not properly connected.
Updated on Oct 29, 2013 11:06 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByAvinash Kumar and Dev Raj, Patna

IB inputs, yes, but no lapse either: Bihar ADG on Patna blasts

Additional director general said all terms of protocol set down for the security of an NSG mobile protectee, which Modi is entitled to, were followed and it would be wrong to say that adequate measures were not taken.
Updated on Oct 29, 2013 01:14 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Patna

4 held for Patna blasts, Nitish denies security lapses

A series of low-intensity blasts killed five persons and left over 90 injured at a public ground in Patna where hundreds of thousands had gathered for Narendra Modi’s mega 'hunkar' rally on Sunday.Eyewitness account: Blasts, blood and panic
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Updated on Nov 01, 2013 10:03 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByArun Kumar and Avinash Kumar, Patna

Bihar midday meal: principal charged with murder

Meena Devi was the headmistress of Gandaman primary school under Masarakh police station of Saran, around 130 km north of Patna, where 23 students died after consuming midday meal laced with pesticides on July 16.
Updated on Oct 21, 2013 07:46 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Chapra

Big brother is watching: round-the-clock surveillance in all 56 Bihar jails

Jail authorities in Bihar are putting in place a hi-tech surveillance system that will enable them to maintain round-the-clock watch on inmates of all 56 jails in the state.
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Updated on Oct 21, 2013 12:21 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Bihar 5-year-old booked for 'breach of peace'

Onlookers present in the court of the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) of Arwal in south-central Bihar were stunned when a five-year-old boy reached there on Wednesday to sign a bond in a criminal case. Avinash Kumar reports.
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Updated on Sep 26, 2013 07:00 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Patna

36 trucks torched after Bihar road mishap

An angry mob set on fire 36 trucks in Lakhisarai district of south-eastern Bihar late Friday night, after a local woman was crushed to death and her husband was grievously injured in a road mishap. Avinash Kumar and Avijot Biswas report.
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Updated on Sep 22, 2013 03:53 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByAvinash Kumar/Avijot Biswas, Patna/bhagalpur

Bihar cops held for trying to rape woman constable

Two junior officers of the Bihar Police have been arrested for attempting to rape a woman constable of the Bihar Military Police (BMP) at the barracks of mufassil police station in Darbhanga district. Avinash Kumar reports.
Updated on Sep 16, 2013 04:14 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Man pastes ‘I will kill Nitish Kumar’ posters, arrested

The police went into a tizzy late on Saturday evening after posters threatening chief minister Nitish Kumar appeared in many areas of the state capital. The posters said Kumar would be attacked at his next janta durbar on September 16.
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Updated on Sep 16, 2013 01:34 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Patna

NIA takes Bhatkal to his ‘Darbhanga module’ hub

A national investigation agency (NIA) team today brought Indian Mujahideen (IM) leader Ahmed Zarar Siddibappa alias Yasin Bhatkal to Darbhanga to corroborate information given by him during his interrogation. Avinash Kumar reports.
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Updated on Sep 14, 2013 07:25 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Darbhanga, Bihar

Unlike Delhi, snail's pace for Bihar rape cases

while the conviction in the Delhi gang-rape case came about less than none months since the incident took place, by contrast, over 5,000 such cases are pending in different courts of Bihar for much longer periods of time. Avinash Kumar reports.
Updated on Sep 11, 2013 07:15 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Patna junction to have four escalators soon

For passengers travelling via Patna Junction, commuting from platform number one to 10 would be more easy and safe hereon. Four escalators would be installed at the station premises in the next couple of months.
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Updated on Sep 07, 2013 09:34 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Bihar sees spurt in violence in past 3 months

Bihar has witnessed a sudden spurt in communal incidents in the past three months. Prior to that, the state was virtually regarded as free from communal tension during the NDA regime starting 2005.
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Updated on Sep 06, 2013 11:56 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Don’t know if Bhatkal is a big catch: Bihar DGP

Three days after the arrest of IM mastermind Yasin Bhatkal and aide Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi from the India-Nepal border at Raxaul, Bihar DGP Abhayanand today clarified that the Bihar police also interrogated the two men in Bettiah, Motihari and Patna.
Updated on Sep 01, 2013 03:59 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Bihar cops suddenly went cold on Yasin Bhatkal

State police cooperates with the National Investigation Agency in nabbing the alleged terrorist, but then strangely shows 'disinterest' in questioning them. Arun Kumar & Avinash Kumar report.
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Updated on Aug 30, 2013 11:45 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByArun Kumar and Avinash Kumar, Patna

Catch them young: Bhatkal's formula for modules

Indian Mujahideen leader, Yasin Bhatkal targeted young boys, including those in their teens, for recruitment to his modules to carry out terror attacks in India.
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Updated on Aug 30, 2013 07:23 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Revealed: how India got Yasin Bhatkal from Nepal town

Sources said that in his interrogation by the NIA at Motihari, Yasin Bhatkal admitted his part in explosions in Pune in 2010 and 2012 and the Mumbai triple blasts of 2011 but denied any hand in the Bodh Gaya attacks this year. HT report. POLL: Will the recent arrests of Bhatkal and Tunda curb terror in India?
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Updated on Aug 30, 2013 09:42 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHarinder Baweja & Avinash Kumar, New Delhi/patna

NIA filed first chargesheet against IM operatives on July 17

Nailing the Indian Mujahideen (IM) and its operatives for continuously plotting terror operations in the country, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had on July 17 filed its first chargesheet in court laying bare the outfit’s modest origins in 2003 to present pan-Indian penetration.
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Updated on Aug 29, 2013 11:03 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByRajesh Ahuja/Avinash Kumar, New Delhi/patna

PMO initiative: CBI to probe Bihar missing girl’s case

Upon the intervention of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the CBI will take over from the Bihar police the investigation of the kidnapping of a girl who had been abducted in September 2012.
Updated on Aug 28, 2013 12:07 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByAjay Kumar and Avinash Kumar, Muzaffarpur / Patna

PMO initiative: CBI set to probe Navruna case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is all set to take up the sensational Navruna Chakravarty kidnapping case, which has remained unsolved for almost a year.
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Updated on Aug 26, 2013 08:53 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByAjay Kumar/Avinash Kumar, Muzaffarpur/patna

On Rakhi eve, sister lights the pyre of brothers in Khagaria

The scene could not have been more tragic than at Sansarpur ghat, 5 kms from Khagaria along national highway-31 on Tuesday.
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Updated on Aug 20, 2013 10:24 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Khagaria

Dhamara Ghat tragedy due to lack of roads: minister

Minister of state for railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said Monday's train accident in Dhamara Ghat station in Khagaria district could have been averted had there been roads on both sides of the station.
Updated on Aug 20, 2013 01:58 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Curfew continues in Nawada for third consecutive day

Barring relaxation of two hours, curfew continued in Nawada for the third consecutive day on Wednesday. The decision to relax the curfew was taken keeping in view the situation on the ground, which is being reviewed regularly, officials said.
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Updated on Aug 14, 2013 05:19 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Patna

The last salute: soldiers killed in LoC ambush cremated

As the flames leapt up to the skies and the logs crackled in the pyre, Piyush and Vivek stood in stoic silence, tears streaking their young faces. Not many five-year-olds are called to perform the last rites of their fathers. Avinash Kumar reports. Poll: Should PM keep his meeting date with Nawaz Sharif later this year?
Updated on Aug 09, 2013 01:35 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Patna
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