Bibhas Bhattacharyya

Senior correspondent of Hindustan Times. I have spent more than 12 years covering crime as well as state political affairs. At the same time covering administrative and other events as per office instruction.

Articles by Bibhas Bhattacharyya

ISIS terror plan exposé prompts Mother House security revamp

A day after HT report that Islamic State (IS) had planned to attack the headquarters of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in the city, Kolkata Police thoroughly revamped the security arrangements at Mother House.

A day after HT reported that suspected Islamic State (IS) activist Mohammad Mussa had planned to attack the headquarters of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in the city, Kolkata Police thoroughly revamped the security arrangements at Mother House.(HT Photo)
A day after HT reported that suspected Islamic State (IS) activist Mohammad Mussa had planned to attack the headquarters of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in the city, Kolkata Police thoroughly revamped the security arrangements at Mother House.(HT Photo)
Published on Dec 26, 2016 09:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Didi asks her men to prepare list of those who lost jobs

The list will be submitted to the President.

Mamata Banerjee claimed that about 10 crore people have lost their livelihood following demonetisation.(HT Photo)
Mamata Banerjee claimed that about 10 crore people have lost their livelihood following demonetisation.(HT Photo)
Published on Dec 23, 2016 08:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Elephant chasers feel cash crunch heat, more lives at risk

Bengal tops the states in lives lost in animal attacks.

(Representative photo) Groups of villagers are hired by the forest department in Bengal to chase away elephants that regularly stray into villages killing people and destroying property.(HT Photo)
(Representative photo) Groups of villagers are hired by the forest department in Bengal to chase away elephants that regularly stray into villages killing people and destroying property.(HT Photo)
Published on Dec 22, 2016 10:15 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Forest department staff in Bengal lose sleep in festive season

Tigers, elephants, gaurs tend to stray into human habitations more in winter destroying lives, crops and property.

Helped by low levels of water in the numerous rivers in the winter that run through the area, tigers in the Sunderbans regularly stray in human habitations.(HT Photo)
Helped by low levels of water in the numerous rivers in the winter that run through the area, tigers in the Sunderbans regularly stray in human habitations.(HT Photo)
Published on Dec 20, 2016 10:31 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Industrialist Pawan Ruia arrested in forgery case filed by railways

Industrialist Pawan Ruia was on Saturday arrested in Delhi in connection with a fire at his factory he owns in Kolakta’s Dum Dum, media reports said.

File photo of industrialist Pawan Kumar Ruia.(HT Photo)
File photo of industrialist Pawan Kumar Ruia.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 10, 2016 09:14 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Kolkata | BySumanta Ray Chaudhuri & Bibhas Bhattacharyya

Father apologises to BDO after son is caught defecating in the open

Roshan Malick, a resident of Burdwan, has written a letter to the Katwa II block development officer apologising on behalf of his son who was caught by a watch team of the BDO while he was defecating in a field

In Bengal, the state government introduced its own version of Swachh Bharat, Mission Nirmal Bangla. The aim of this programme is to reduce the occurrence of water borne and fecal-borne diseases owing to the prevalence of open defecation.(HT Photo)
In Bengal, the state government introduced its own version of Swachh Bharat, Mission Nirmal Bangla. The aim of this programme is to reduce the occurrence of water borne and fecal-borne diseases owing to the prevalence of open defecation.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 16, 2016 09:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Baby selling racket member sold baby even to her own uncle

CID sleuths interrogating couples who bought babies from the racket. Though they can be charged with trafficking and take the babies away, the investigators are treading cautiously.

The CID also rescued 10 babies from Purbasha, a home for the specially abled, and recovered foreign exchange and gold from the owner of Sree Krishna Nursing Home that was at the centre of the racket.(HT Photo)
The CID also rescued 10 babies from Purbasha, a home for the specially abled, and recovered foreign exchange and gold from the owner of Sree Krishna Nursing Home that was at the centre of the racket.(HT Photo)
Published on Dec 08, 2016 05:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Bengal baby sale racket member sold infant to uncle for Rs 2 lakh

One of the members of the recently busted baby sale racket sold an infant to her maternal uncle for Rs 2 lakh, Bengal police’s criminal investigation department.

Three nursing homes and two NGOs have been found to be involved in the racket. At least 20 people, including three doctors, have been arrested.(Shutterstock Photo)
Three nursing homes and two NGOs have been found to be involved in the racket. At least 20 people, including three doctors, have been arrested.(Shutterstock Photo)
Updated on Dec 08, 2016 05:23 PM IST
Kolkata, Hindustan Times | By

Demonetisation effect: 2,500 lose jobs as Howrah jute mill shuts

The workers of the mill, which is located at Ghusuri in Howrah district and is just about 7 km away from Kolkata, will not be paid for the course of suspension of work.

Though small business establishments reported great inconvenience leading to loss of jobs in the unorganised sectors, this is the first big bang closure of an industrial unit after the demonetisation decision.(AP file photo for representation)
Though small business establishments reported great inconvenience leading to loss of jobs in the unorganised sectors, this is the first big bang closure of an industrial unit after the demonetisation decision.(AP file photo for representation)
Updated on Dec 06, 2016 04:33 PM IST

Bengal child trafficking: Couple who bought baby for Rs 2 lakh ‘duped’

This family in Kalindi near Dumdum was the first to buy a baby from the inter-state child-trafficking racket that the police busted in West Bengal earlier this month.

The family in Kalindi near Dumdum was the first to buy a baby from the inter-state child-trafficking racket that the police busted in West Bengal earlier this month.(File Photo)
The family in Kalindi near Dumdum was the first to buy a baby from the inter-state child-trafficking racket that the police busted in West Bengal earlier this month.(File Photo)
Updated on Dec 01, 2016 01:01 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Man identifies Bengal baby sale racket kingpin, claims he snatched his baby

A man who allegedly lost his newborn son in July 2014 in a nursing home in Kolkata’s Tartala’s area and was never given the body, has identified the baby sale racket kingpin Tapan Kumar Biswas as the man behind the child’s disappearance.

Being born in a Caesarean section negatively affects a baby's ability to focus on a particular area of interest, says a new study.
Being born in a Caesarean section negatively affects a baby's ability to focus on a particular area of interest, says a new study.
Published on Nov 29, 2016 07:15 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

One phone call nailed baby racket kingpin

The total number of arrests now stands at 18.

Tapan Kumar Biswas even cropped his hair, shaved off his moustache and discarded his SIM cards, but couldn’t escape the CID dragnet.(HT Photo)
Tapan Kumar Biswas even cropped his hair, shaved off his moustache and discarded his SIM cards, but couldn’t escape the CID dragnet.(HT Photo)
Published on Nov 28, 2016 10:40 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Weak, malnourished babies were left to die

The perpetrators of the baby trafficking racket left underweight and malnourished babies to die, focusing all their care on the healthy ones that fetched fat amounts.

The perpetrators of the baby trafficking racket left underweight and malnourished babies to die, focusing all their care on the healthy ones that fetched fat amounts.(HT Photo)
The perpetrators of the baby trafficking racket left underweight and malnourished babies to die, focusing all their care on the healthy ones that fetched fat amounts.(HT Photo)
Published on Nov 27, 2016 01:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

How the gang of 13 CID sleuths busted the baby selling racket

A few officers didn’t go home for more than a week.

Special superintendent, Akash Magaria, is leading the team. A 2009 batch IPS, he was the police super of Jalpaiguri district.(HT Photo)
Special superintendent, Akash Magaria, is leading the team. A 2009 batch IPS, he was the police super of Jalpaiguri district.(HT Photo)
Published on Nov 26, 2016 02:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

After trafficking racket busted, CID finds skeletons of babies at Bengal NGO

The baby trafficking racket busted on Monday took a chilling turn on Friday with the discovery of two skeletons and three skulls of newborns from a spot in North 24 Parganas district.

The CID also rescued 10 babies from Purbasha, a home for the specially abled, and recovered foreign exchange and gold from the owner of Sree Krishna Nursing Home that was at the centre of the racket.(HT Photo)
The CID also rescued 10 babies from Purbasha, a home for the specially abled, and recovered foreign exchange and gold from the owner of Sree Krishna Nursing Home that was at the centre of the racket.(HT Photo)
Published on Nov 26, 2016 12:03 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Ten more babies rescued by CID, as newborn trafficking probe spreads wide

The babies were kept on blankets over a mat on a floor. According to sleuths, the babies are aged between one month and ten months.

Around midnight sleuths raided a home for mentally challenged in Thakurpukur area, near Kolkata and rescued the babies who were locked inside a room. The babies were kept on blankets over a mat on a floor. According to sleuths, the babies are aged between one month and ten months.(HT Photo)
Around midnight sleuths raided a home for mentally challenged in Thakurpukur area, near Kolkata and rescued the babies who were locked inside a room. The babies were kept on blankets over a mat on a floor. According to sleuths, the babies are aged between one month and ten months.(HT Photo)
Published on Nov 25, 2016 11:25 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Boys for Rs 2 lakh, girls Rs 1.5 lakh: How Bengal’s baby traffickers operated

The racketeers would zero in on couples who already had a daughter.

While newborn girls were sold for less if their complexion was dark, the boys got sold for not less than Rs 2 lakh.(HT Photo)
While newborn girls were sold for less if their complexion was dark, the boys got sold for not less than Rs 2 lakh.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 25, 2016 07:19 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Tentacles of baby sale spread to ten Kolkata nursing homes

Racket linked to Kolkata nursing homes from where three persons were arrested by CID in fresh raids.

CID officers told HT that the mothers, all from poor families, were told that they had delivered stillborns, after which the babies were shipped to the office of an NGO Subodh Sarkar Smiriti Memorial in Maslandapur, North 24-Parganas, in biscuit cartons. The newborns were kept there for some days before the hunt for childless couples began.(HT Photo)
CID officers told HT that the mothers, all from poor families, were told that they had delivered stillborns, after which the babies were shipped to the office of an NGO Subodh Sarkar Smiriti Memorial in Maslandapur, North 24-Parganas, in biscuit cartons. The newborns were kept there for some days before the hunt for childless couples began.(HT Photo)
Published on Nov 24, 2016 10:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Kolkata: 3-day-old babies trafficked, packed in biscuit cartons

The operators sold newborns to childless couples for more than two years till the CID busted the racket.

Not unexpectedly, newborn girls were sold for less — between Rs 80,000 and Rs 1 lakh if their complexion was dark, and between Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh if they were fair. The boys got sold for not less than Rs 2 lakh.(HT Photo)
Not unexpectedly, newborn girls were sold for less — between Rs 80,000 and Rs 1 lakh if their complexion was dark, and between Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh if they were fair. The boys got sold for not less than Rs 2 lakh.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 23, 2016 01:32 PM IST
Hindusstan Times | By, Kolkata

Police informers refuse to accept banned notes in Kolkata

Police sources or informers are declining to accept the banned Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes. As a result, cops across the state have landed in trouble.

Despite being dependent on technology support, the police department is still dependent on human sources, which in their department is known as traditional source.(HT Photo)
Despite being dependent on technology support, the police department is still dependent on human sources, which in their department is known as traditional source.(HT Photo)
Published on Nov 21, 2016 10:46 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

By-election watch: all eyes on BJP votes

Leaders of different political parties will keenly watch out for BJP’s performance in the four Lok Sabha and eight assembly constituencies that are electing their representatives on Saturday.

Four Lok Sabha and eight assembly constituencies are electing their representatives on Saturday.(HT Photo)
Four Lok Sabha and eight assembly constituencies are electing their representatives on Saturday.(HT Photo)
Published on Nov 19, 2016 05:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Bengal jails: where banned notes are still changing hands

Though the raids are on, jail officials say stress is to stop new notes from entering correctional homes.

Convicts and undertrials are recharging their SIM cards, buying narcotics, alcohol, cigarettes, fish, meat and vegetables for their gratification in defiance of jail regulations using the banned notes.(HT Photo)
Convicts and undertrials are recharging their SIM cards, buying narcotics, alcohol, cigarettes, fish, meat and vegetables for their gratification in defiance of jail regulations using the banned notes.(HT Photo)
Published on Nov 14, 2016 11:26 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByRavik Bhattacharya and Bibhas Bhattacharyya, Kolkata

Mukul Roy to attend Samajwadi Party’s event

Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee again wants to push for a federal front and is sending senior MP Mukul Roy to Lucknow to attend the foundation day celebrations of the Samajwadi Party on November 5.

Senior MP Mukul Roy will be going in Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s place to attend the foundation day celebrations of the Samajwadi Party.(HT Photo)
Senior MP Mukul Roy will be going in Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s place to attend the foundation day celebrations of the Samajwadi Party.(HT Photo)
Published on Nov 05, 2016 01:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Trinamool to take first step towards federal front with booklet

The booklet will rekindle the idea of a federal front with an appeal to ‘like-minded organisations’ across the country.

The booklet, the draft of which is waiting for a nod of chief minister Mamata Banerjee, will target BJP on a number of issues such as cow politics, love jihad, ghar wapsi, the Centre impinging on the federal structure of the country.(HT Photo)
The booklet, the draft of which is waiting for a nod of chief minister Mamata Banerjee, will target BJP on a number of issues such as cow politics, love jihad, ghar wapsi, the Centre impinging on the federal structure of the country.(HT Photo)
Published on Nov 02, 2016 11:55 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

BSF to deploy more floating border outposts along Bangladesh border

The target is a 80-km stretch along Ichamati river that acts as the border between Bengal and Bangladesh in south Bengal.

Speed boats are extremely important in maintaining vigil along the Bangladesh-Bengal border, some stretches of which are marked by rivers and the Bay of Bengal with numerous islands dotting the area.(HT Photo)
Speed boats are extremely important in maintaining vigil along the Bangladesh-Bengal border, some stretches of which are marked by rivers and the Bay of Bengal with numerous islands dotting the area.(HT Photo)
Published on Oct 29, 2016 10:23 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Bengal government to roll out noodles soon

These will carry flavours of fish.

Representative picture. The fisheries minister claims that the product will be unique as there are hardly any instant noodles that carry flavours of fish.(HT Photo)
Representative picture. The fisheries minister claims that the product will be unique as there are hardly any instant noodles that carry flavours of fish.(HT Photo)
Published on Oct 28, 2016 10:22 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Don’t miss these Pujas in Kolkata

Which are the pandals you shouldn’t miss this year. HT gives you a shortlist along with directions.

Kolkata turns into the world’s largest open air gallery for artworks during Durga Puja every year.(Subhendu Ghosh)
Kolkata turns into the world’s largest open air gallery for artworks during Durga Puja every year.(Subhendu Ghosh)
Published on Oct 07, 2016 03:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByBibhas Bhattacharyya and Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata

Rice, daal, curry and fish @ Rs 21: Benfish to redefine cheap meal

Marketed under a project called Ekushe Annapurna, it will be kicked off during the pujas.

It will be marketed under a project called Ekushe Annapurna and will be kicked off during the pujas at four points in the city. After the pujas it will be continued during lunchtime near office clusters.(Benfish)
It will be marketed under a project called Ekushe Annapurna and will be kicked off during the pujas at four points in the city. After the pujas it will be continued during lunchtime near office clusters.(Benfish)
Published on Oct 05, 2016 10:48 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Royal Bengal Tigers to be released in North Bengal safari park

Royal Bengal Tigers will roam at a North Bengal safari park in December.

Six tigers will be released in Bengal Safari Park in North Bengal. The animals will roam in 50 acres of land. The tourists will visit the park in a bus. Rides will start from December.(HT Photo)
Six tigers will be released in Bengal Safari Park in North Bengal. The animals will roam in 50 acres of land. The tourists will visit the park in a bus. Rides will start from December.(HT Photo)
Published on Oct 02, 2016 02:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Don’t want war as it will take away many sons like mine: Uri martyr’s father

Onkarnath Dolui admitted the strike by the Indian army will provide some peace to the soul of his

While the strikes across the LoC by the Indian army triggered a war cry among large sections of the population, Onkarnath Dolui, 64, who lost his son Gangadhar in the Uri attack on September 18, prayed that the attacks did not escalate into a war between the two countries.(Subham Jyoti/HT photo)
While the strikes across the LoC by the Indian army triggered a war cry among large sections of the population, Onkarnath Dolui, 64, who lost his son Gangadhar in the Uri attack on September 18, prayed that the attacks did not escalate into a war between the two countries.(Subham Jyoti/HT photo)
Published on Sep 30, 2016 09:47 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata
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