Azaan Javaid

Azaan Javaid

Azaan Javaid reports on conflict, security and financial crimes. He covers investigative agencies such as Enforcement Directorate, National Investigation agency and Central Bureau of Investigation.

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Asiya Andrabi, chief of Dukhtaran-e-Milat, was in a prison in Srinagar after the Jammu and Kashmir high court cancelled her bail last month.(Vikas Khot/HT File Photo)
Asiya Andrabi, chief of Dukhtaran-e-Milat, was in a prison in Srinagar after the Jammu and Kashmir high court cancelled her bail last month.(Vikas Khot/HT File Photo)

Kashmir separatist leader Asiya Andrabi, 2 others sent to 10-day NIA custody

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Azaan Javaid
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2018 09:11 AM IST
Asiya Andrabi, who was in a prison in Srinagar after the Jammu and Kashmir high court cancelled her bail last month, was brought to Delhi from Kashmir along with her associates.
The post-recruitment verification process requires recruited individuals to produce a character certificate from the local police station, which is undertaken by a local cop.(HT PHOTO/REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
The post-recruitment verification process requires recruited individuals to produce a character certificate from the local police station, which is undertaken by a local cop.(HT PHOTO/REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)

Home ministry seeks feedback on police harassment, bribery during recruitment verification

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Azaan Javaid, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 15, 2018 03:59 PM IST
The exercise comes two years after the Centre brought changes to the verification procedure in 2016 on the basis of complaints regarding delay, harassment, nepotism and even bribery in the process.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT Photo)
Union home minister Rajnath Singh.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT Photo)

Rajnath to take call on Jammu and Kashmir ceasefire today

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Azaan Javaid
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2018 12:01 AM IST
At a meeting in New Delhi, officials will discuss if the Non-Initiation of Combat Operations, announced by the Centre last month in view of the month of Ramzan, should be extended during the Amarnath Yatra, supposed to commence on June 28.
The banner, on clicking, takes the viewer to the website 48months.my.gov.in (previously my.gov.in).(Screengrab)
The banner, on clicking, takes the viewer to the website 48months.my.gov.in (previously my.gov.in).(Screengrab)

Ministry websites to sport banner promoting govt’s four-year achievements

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Azaan Javaid
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2018 11:39 PM IST
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has asked all ministries to host the banner which includes a photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi waving along with a tagline that reads “Saaf Niyat, Sahi Vikas”.
J&K has a 345 km network of local rail routes, starting from Baramulla district of Kashmir and ending in Jammu. Of this, 120 km runs through the Valley. The Kashmir region has a total of 16 railway stations located in north, south and central Kashmir.(PTI/Photo for representation)
J&K has a 345 km network of local rail routes, starting from Baramulla district of Kashmir and ending in Jammu. Of this, 120 km runs through the Valley. The Kashmir region has a total of 16 railway stations located in north, south and central Kashmir.(PTI/Photo for representation)

Centre may use J-K local rail routes for moving troops to avoid stone pelters

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Azaan Javaid
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2018 07:18 AM IST
The home ministry wants to use local trains in Jammu and Kashmir for transporting paramilitary forces, a move aimed at preventing vehicular convoys coming under attack by protesters.
Security personnel stand guard during an encounter between security forces and militants at Drabgam in Pulwama District of South Kashmir.(PTI File Photo)
Security personnel stand guard during an encounter between security forces and militants at Drabgam in Pulwama District of South Kashmir.(PTI File Photo)

Militants may shift focus to north Kashmir, say police

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Azaan Javaid
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2018 07:10 AM IST
Jammu and Kashmir police officers and intelligence officers, coupled with fresh intelligence inputs, seem to suggest that the northern region of the Valley could be a major target area for militants
The ministry of home affairs’ senior special advisor said India’s Maoist insurgency is in its “last stage”.(AP/File Photo)
The ministry of home affairs’ senior special advisor said India’s Maoist insurgency is in its “last stage”.(AP/File Photo)

MHA advisor says Maoist insurgency in last stage, but Centre expects more IED attacks

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Azaan Javaid
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2018 08:11 AM IST
Home ministry’s senior special advisor said Maoists have been steadily losing their hold over territories under their control, but added that unable to effect as many ambushes or launch attacks, they could rely on Improvised Explosive Devices.
Many across the Valley, including girl students, took to pelting security personnel with stones after the encounter killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in 2016.(PTI File)
Many across the Valley, including girl students, took to pelting security personnel with stones after the encounter killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in 2016.(PTI File)

Chilli bombs to tear gas, CRPF looks at alternatives to pellet guns in Kashmir

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Azaan Javaid
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2018 02:08 PM IST
Officials say much-maligned pellet guns will give way to chilli bombs and ‘soft-nosed’ tear gas shells to avoid collateral losses during paramilitary action. CRPF personnel in the Valley, however, seem to have reservations about the new plan.
Kashmiri students throw stones towards policemen during a protest in Srinagar.(AP File Photo)
Kashmiri students throw stones towards policemen during a protest in Srinagar.(AP File Photo)

167% increase in civilian deaths in Kashmir: Home ministry report

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Azaan Javaid
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2018 10:21 AM IST
The home ministry’s annual report for 2017-18 also showed a 2.44% decline in the number of security personnel deaths over the previous year.
BSF seized fake currency notes of Rs. 2000 denomination with a face value of Rs 4.4 lakh from international boundary under Dhubri district of Assam last year.(PTI FILE PHOTO)
BSF seized fake currency notes of Rs. 2000 denomination with a face value of Rs 4.4 lakh from international boundary under Dhubri district of Assam last year.(PTI FILE PHOTO)

Criminals now using cigarette paper to make fake notes

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Azaan Javaid
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2018 04:55 PM IST
Criminal syndicates have also both industrial and stamp paper to make fake notes.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with general secretary of National Socialist Council of Nagaland, the (late) Isak Muivah at the signing ceremony of Nagaland peace accord in New Delhi on August 3, 2015.(PIB Photo Division)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with general secretary of National Socialist Council of Nagaland, the (late) Isak Muivah at the signing ceremony of Nagaland peace accord in New Delhi on August 3, 2015.(PIB Photo Division)

Modi govt’s Act East policy boosts development, security but challenges lie ahead

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Azaan Javaid
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2018 07:59 AM IST
With insurgency, ethnic tensions, illegal migration dividing people on religious lines, and, inciting communal flare-ups, the new policy is far from resolving the present impasse.
Maoist rebels train in a forest area in Bihar's Gaya district.(AP File Photo)
Maoist rebels train in a forest area in Bihar's Gaya district.(AP File Photo)

Red terror: New strategy puts a leash on Maoists

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Azaan Javaid, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2018 08:47 AM IST
Left Wing Extremism (LWE) — the term officially used to describe Maoist insurgency — was a challenge the Modi government decided to take head-on after assuming office in 2014.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh said some forces have misled the youth of Kashmir.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT File Photo)
Union home minister Rajnath Singh said some forces have misled the youth of Kashmir.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT File Photo)

BJP will not do politics of breaking the society, says Rajnath Singh

Hindustan Times | By Azaan Javaid and Prashant Jha
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2018 07:34 AM IST
The Union home minister says that since elections are approaching, some powers are trying to instil misunderstanding among the people to get political benefits. Rajnath Singh also spoke about bringing justice to the Kathua rape victim’s family.
People display a placards as they take part in a candlelight march at the India Gate in protest over Kathua gangrape case in New Delhi on Friday.(PTI Photo)
People display a placards as they take part in a candlelight march at the India Gate in protest over Kathua gangrape case in New Delhi on Friday.(PTI Photo)

Justice will be delivered in Kathua, Unnao rape cases, promises Rajnath Singh

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Prashant Jha and Azaan Javaid
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2018 10:27 AM IST
Home Minister condemns the rape and murder of the 8-year-old girl in Kathua, also says Yogi Adityanath government intends to punish the guilty in the Unnao case.
Centre's special representative for Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma on his way for a meeting with various delegations in Jammu.(PTI File Photo)
Centre's special representative for Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma on his way for a meeting with various delegations in Jammu.(PTI File Photo)

J-K interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma says law should take its course in Kathua rape case

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Azaan Javaid
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2018 12:59 AM IST
Dineshwar Sharma is slated to visit Srinagar in the backdrop of protests against the Kathua rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in January.
The Law Commission recommended that the Centre ratify the United Nations Convention Against Torture and even proposed life in jail for public servants convicted of torture.(Representative image)
The Law Commission recommended that the Centre ratify the United Nations Convention Against Torture and even proposed life in jail for public servants convicted of torture.(Representative image)

States, UTs yet to reply on ratifying UN convention against torture

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Azaan Javaid
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2018 11:06 PM IST
The Union ministry of home affairs had circulated a draft of The Prevention of Torture Bill, 2017 that recommended amendments to India’s domestic laws, making them compatible with international standards and enabling the ratification.
Punjab has seen some major fidayeen attacks in recent years, including one at the Pathankot airbase, resulting in a four-day gun battle, and eight people, including one civilian, being killed.(HT File Photo)
Punjab has seen some major fidayeen attacks in recent years, including one at the Pathankot airbase, resulting in a four-day gun battle, and eight people, including one civilian, being killed.(HT File Photo)

Air Force stations in Punjab on Pakistan-based Jaish’s radar, forces on alert

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Azaan Javaid
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2018 07:38 AM IST
Three separate inputs in as many months indicate Pakistan-based militant outfits have”shown interest in gathering information” about Sri Guru Ravi Dass ji airport in Amritsar and the Raja Sansi Air Force station, also in Amritsar.
Nepal's Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli shakes hands with PM Narendra Modi during his ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in New Delhi.(Reuters File Photo)
Nepal's Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli shakes hands with PM Narendra Modi during his ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in New Delhi.(Reuters File Photo)

PM Modi, Oli to hold discussions about check posts on Indo-Nepal border

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Azaan Javaid, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 05, 2018 10:10 PM IST
The talks between the two PM’s will include issues such as agriculture, energy, connectivity, trade investment and ICPs, senior government officials said.
Senior paramilitary officers say there has been an increase in the number of such ‘approaches’ over the past three years.(Reuters File Photo)
Senior paramilitary officers say there has been an increase in the number of such ‘approaches’ over the past three years.(Reuters File Photo)

Accept friend request? Paramilitary troopers warned Facebook profiles could be of Pak, China agents

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Azaan Javaid
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2018 08:47 AM IST
Suspicious profiles, mostly of women and operated by Pakistan, Chinese handlers, have attempted to befriend troopers.
Security personnel inspect the site of an IED blast where nine CRPF personnel were killed and two more were injured after Maoists ambushed them in Kistaram area of Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on March 13, 2018. The government has been trying to build roads in the region to limit access of Maoists to potential recruits.(PTI File Photo)
Security personnel inspect the site of an IED blast where nine CRPF personnel were killed and two more were injured after Maoists ambushed them in Kistaram area of Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on March 13, 2018. The government has been trying to build roads in the region to limit access of Maoists to potential recruits.(PTI File Photo)

Road to Bastar: At the heart of CRPF-Maoist fight is 172 kms of roads Centre needs built

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Azaan Javaid
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2018 07:59 AM IST
CRPF battalions have spent over 2,00,000 manhours guarding high risk roads, such as the 56 km Dornapal-Jagargunda stretch, on which 25 troopers were killed in a Maoist ambush in April 2017.
A view of a mud house destroyed by cross-border shelling between Indian and Pakistani along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakote sector of Poonch in Jammu on Sunday.(PTI)
A view of a mud house destroyed by cross-border shelling between Indian and Pakistani along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakote sector of Poonch in Jammu on Sunday.(PTI)

People along LoC to be provided with sandbags

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Azaan Javaid
UPDATED ON MAR 23, 2018 11:45 PM IST
The Centre will also reimburse the expenses incurred by the state government for providing the sandbags to the civilian population living along the 704km LoC.
Internal security expert Ajai Sahni said while Maoists using internet is something that needed to be looked into, it was attacks like the one in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma, where an IED blast on March 13 killed nine CRPF men, which must be avoided as these incidents give the cadres “more firepower and confidence” to launch similar attacks.(PTI File Photo)
Internal security expert Ajai Sahni said while Maoists using internet is something that needed to be looked into, it was attacks like the one in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma, where an IED blast on March 13 killed nine CRPF men, which must be avoided as these incidents give the cadres “more firepower and confidence” to launch similar attacks.(PTI File Photo)

Tech world of Maoists mined in Jharkhand

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Azaan Javaid
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2018 11:02 PM IST
Two Samsung tablets, five ICOM walkie talkie sets, 14 cellphones, uncovering of a propaganda website suspected to be based out of the Netherlands, and their familiarity with Google Earth were unearthed
An Indian visitor gives a thumb impression to withdraw money from his bank account with his Aadhaar or Unique Identification (UID) card during a Digi Dhan Mela, held to promote digital payment, in Hyderabad on January 18, 2017. The Digi Dhan mela is a government initiative aimed at digital transformation in the country following the recent demonetization. / AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAM(AFP)
An Indian visitor gives a thumb impression to withdraw money from his bank account with his Aadhaar or Unique Identification (UID) card during a Digi Dhan Mela, held to promote digital payment, in Hyderabad on January 18, 2017. The Digi Dhan mela is a government initiative aimed at digital transformation in the country following the recent demonetization. / AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAM(AFP)

Vehicles likely to be linked to Aadhaar in attempt to boost highway safety

New Delhi | By Azaan Javaid
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2018 11:00 AM IST
The recommendations are aimed at reinforcing security against incidents such as Maoist and other militant attacks on highways, reducing crimes such as robberies and attacks on women as well as road accidents.
The customs official said the person had frequently travelled between Bangkok and India, but usually landed in Kolkata. It isn’t clear whether this was his first attempt to bring in converters.(HT FIle Photo)
The customs official said the person had frequently travelled between Bangkok and India, but usually landed in Kolkata. It isn’t clear whether this was his first attempt to bring in converters.(HT FIle Photo)

Gun converters being moved by Naga insurgent seized at Delhi airport

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar and Azaan Javaid
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2018 08:43 AM IST
Government officials familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity that the arrest might complicate the equation Central government has with the insurgent group,
CRPF personnel carry a coffin containing the mortal remains of CRPF constable Manoranjan Lenka, who was killed in an IED explosion at Sukma district allegedly triggered by Maoists, in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday.(PTI)
CRPF personnel carry a coffin containing the mortal remains of CRPF constable Manoranjan Lenka, who was killed in an IED explosion at Sukma district allegedly triggered by Maoists, in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday.(PTI)

IB warned of Sukma attack, change in Maoist strategy

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Azaan Javaid
UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2018 11:49 PM IST
Officials also believe that over 150 armed cadres of PLGA were involved in a major gun battle with security forces the same morning and a small contingent of the Maoist group planted the 80-100kg improvised explosive device (IED) that claimed the lives of nine CRPF troopers.
An Army soldier takes position during a gun battle in which three militants were killed, at Kokarnag in Anantnag district of South Kashmir on March 13 2018.(PTI File Photo)
An Army soldier takes position during a gun battle in which three militants were killed, at Kokarnag in Anantnag district of South Kashmir on March 13 2018.(PTI File Photo)

Militant killed in Anantnag encounter was from Telangana

Hindustan Times, Srinagar/Hyderabad/New Delhi | By Abhishek Saha,Srinivasa Rao Apparasu and Azaan Javaid
UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2018 11:49 PM IST
The Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGUH) – an outfit with alleged link to the al-Qaeda in Kashmir said the slain militant was Muhammad Taufeeq from Hyderabad.
Karti Chidambaram leaves Patiala House Court in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)
Karti Chidambaram leaves Patiala House Court in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

INX Media case: Karti Chidambaram sent to judicial custody till March 24

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Azaan Javaid
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2018 11:14 PM IST
The Delhi court said the jail manual would be followed in regard to Karti Chidambaram’s plea seeking separate cell and protection in Tihar Jail. The court denied his request for home food in jail.
The home ministry officials said although Hindi had one of the highest number of speakers in the world, its content on the web remained less than many foreign languages that had fewer speakers.(Representational Photo)
The home ministry officials said although Hindi had one of the highest number of speakers in the world, its content on the web remained less than many foreign languages that had fewer speakers.(Representational Photo)

MHA plans to launch software to boost Hindi content on web

UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2018 07:31 AM IST
The software — Memory Adharith Anuvadh Software — will initially be used to translate the central government’s documents and data into Hindi. It will be launched in August.
Karti Chidambaram, son of former finance minister P Chidambaram, arrives at Patiala House courts in connection with the INX Media money laundering case, in New Delhi, on Friday.(PTI Photo)
Karti Chidambaram, son of former finance minister P Chidambaram, arrives at Patiala House courts in connection with the INX Media money laundering case, in New Delhi, on Friday.(PTI Photo)

Karti Chidambaram always kept under bright light, not allowed to sleep well: Singhvi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Azaan Javaid
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2018 07:19 AM IST
Counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi produced a medical report that showed 46-year-old businessman’s blood pressure was 140/90, while on March 8 it was 150/100.
Karti Chidambaram, son of former finance minister P Chidambaram, arrives at Patiala House courts in connection with the INX Media case, in New Delhi on March 9.(PTI Photo)
Karti Chidambaram, son of former finance minister P Chidambaram, arrives at Patiala House courts in connection with the INX Media case, in New Delhi on March 9.(PTI Photo)

INX Media case: CBI custody of Karti Chidambaram extended till March 12, ED not to arrest him till March 20

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Azaan Javaid
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2018 11:09 PM IST
Karti Chidambaram has been given interim protection from “any coercive action taken against him” by the ED till March 20. However, the CBI was given an extension of his custody till March 12 to confront him with evidence from his chartered accountant.
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