Hemendra Chaturvedi

Hemendra Chaturvedi is based in Agra serving as a Principal Correspondent, covering districts of Agra and Aligarh division of western Uttar Pradesh. He has been with HT since 1992 and has completed 25 year of association with HT.

Articles by Hemendra Chaturvedi

Operation Delight: 17 more Lapkas nabbed from vicinity of Taj Mahal

The campaign began on September 2 and is to continue till March 2024, said assistant commissioner of police (ACP) for Taj Mahal Security, Syed Areeb Ahmed.

ACP Areeb Ahmed at Shilpgram counselling a petha shop owner near Taj for better behaviour towards tourists. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 18, 2023 07:19 PM IST

Child shelter supdt suspended after viral videos shows her beating inmate with slippers

On the recommendation of the district magistrate, director, women welfare department in Lucknow suspended officiating superintendent Poonam Pal after the DPO visited the child shelter and submitted his report.

The incident seen in the video going viral is said to have taken place on September 4. (Sourced)
Published on Sep 13, 2023 12:48 AM IST

Krishna Janmbhoomi decks up for Janmasthmi

Senior police officials of Agra Zone are travelling to the cities of Mathura and Vrindavan to review the arrangements made.

Decked up Sri Krishna Janmbhoomi Temple at night for Janmasthmi ahead on Thursday. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 05, 2023 10:27 PM IST

22-year-old from Agra clears civil judge exam in 1st attempt

Sudhanshu Singh has cleared the Uttar Pradesh Judicial Services (Civil Judge Junior Division) Exam-2022.

Sudhanshu Singh and his family celebrating Raksha Bandhan in Agra on Thursday. (Sourced)
Updated on Aug 31, 2023 09:11 PM IST

Ghevar remains favourite in Braj on Raksha Bandhan

Ghevar, a sweet dish from Rajasthan, has gained popularity in the Braj region. This year, it occupied 75% of the market, surpassing other sweets and dry fruits. It is now available until Janamashtami, and more varieties like butter scotch ghevar have been added.

Ghevar being sold at a shop in Agra. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 31, 2023 08:36 PM IST

Fleecing tourists: ADA joins hand with Agra police to protect visitors

Notice boards are being placed on the premises of Fatehpur Sikri monument informing tourists bound for Sheikh Salim Chisti Dargah that based on size, no Chaadar to be offered is to cost more than ₹500.

Notice boards placed by ADA on Fatehpur Sikri premises in Agra. (Sourced)
Updated on Aug 29, 2023 07:01 PM IST

To trace Krishna idols: Hindu petitioners urge court to make ASI a party in case; next hearing on Sept 21

Hindu petitioners in Agra have filed an application to involve the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in a case regarding the alleged buried idols of Lord Krishna in Chhoti Masjid near Agra Fort. The court has scheduled the next hearing for September 21 to deliberate on this application. The ASI's involvement in the case is still pending approval from the court. The Hindu petitioners argue that the idols were brought to Agra by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, who allegedly demolished the Krishna Janmabhoomi temple in Mathura in 1670.

Representational photo (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 26, 2023 11:03 PM IST

Agra man booked for beating two dogs to death

Hari Parvat police register case against the accused under IPC sections 428 and 506 besides Section 11 of Cruelty to Animals Act ; investigation underway

The complainant claimed he was among many witnesses to the killing of the two dogs and had a video of the “criminal and brutal act of the accused.” (Pic for representation)
Updated on Aug 23, 2023 09:25 PM IST

To trace Krishna idols: Application seeks tech survey of Agra mosque

Hindu petitioners in Agra have requested a technical survey by the ASI to locate idols of Lord Krishna allegedly buried in the Chhoti Masjid near Diwan-e-Khas on the Agra Fort premises. The idols were said to have been brought to Agra by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, who allegedly demolished the Krishna Janmabhoomi temple in Mathura. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for August 25, 2023.

The entrance gate of World Heritage listed monument of Agra Fort in Agra. (HT file photo)
Updated on Aug 18, 2023 09:10 PM IST

Vrindavan Tragedy: Owners of dilapidated house section that fell onto pilgrims booked

The case has been registered under sections 304-A (negligent causing of death), 337 (endangering human life), and 338 (causing grievous harm) of the Indian Penal Code.

Debris at the site where the section of the dilapidated house collapsed, killing five pilgrims. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 17, 2023 06:58 PM IST

Five devotees killed after part of house collapses in Vrindavan

Five devotees, including three women, were killed and several others injured when a part of a dilapidated house collapsed in Vrindavan town. The Chief Minister has declared compensation for the deceased and a committee has been formed to survey other at-risk buildings in the area.

Debris of the house being removed after the tragic incident in Vrindavan on Tuesday. (HT)
Updated on Aug 16, 2023 07:34 PM IST

Mathura temple trust files suit in Shahi Eidgah case

The Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Trust in Agra is challenging a compromise made in the 1960s between a temple body and the Shahi Masjid Eidgah over disputed land. The trust is seeking to strengthen its claim over a 13.37-acre tract of land adjacent to the Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi temple complex. Multiple suits have been filed claiming that the Eidgah complex was built on land belonging to the Trust. The trust is now seeking a cancellation of the agreement made in 1968 and a declaration that the land belongs to the Trust.

The Trust sought a cancellation of an agreement under which the Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Seva Sangh, a body of the temple that was dissolved later, conceded the contentious portion of land to the Eidgah in 1968. (File photo)
Updated on Aug 12, 2023 12:38 AM IST

Plea filed against demolition drive near Mathura temple

The court heard both the petitioner and the railway authorities, and reserved its verdict in the case

On Wednesday, railway authorities, along with the local police and administration, removed alleged encroachment at Nai Basti (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 11, 2023 12:15 AM IST

Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi: Day after demolition drive, Nai Basti residents move court seeking stay on railways’ action

On Wednesday, the railways authorities, in collaboration with local police and administration, carried out an extensive demolition operation aimed at clearing encroachments in the backyard of Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi in Mathura.

Demolition drive on Wednesday. (HT File)
Updated on Aug 10, 2023 08:28 PM IST

Railways carry out demolition near Sri Krishna Janmbhoomi; residents allege fear tactics

While the administration asserts that the encroachment removal encountered no resistance, some residents of the area, known as Nai Basti, allege that the action is an attempt to instill “panic and fear.”

On Wednesday morning, bulldozers converged near Sri Krishna Janmbhoomi in Mathura. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 09, 2023 09:40 PM IST

Agra stinks as sanitary workers go on strike

The strike was a sequel to a tiff between corporator Rishabh Gupta and sanitary supervisor Ajeet alias Vikasdeep. The sanitary workers alleged the corporator had attacked Vikasdeep and demanded his arrest. Gupta, on the other hand, refuted the allegations.

Additional municipal commissioner Surendra Yadav admitted that garbage at collection points was not disposed of. (Pic for representation only)
Updated on Aug 09, 2023 12:57 AM IST

BJP MP to keep Lok Sabha seat as court stays conviction in assault case

Any elected representative who is sentenced for any offence for a period of two years or more faces immediate disqualification under the Representation of People Act, 1951 (RP Act)

Ramshankar Katheria (PTI)
Updated on Aug 08, 2023 12:48 AM IST

Krishna Janmabhoomi petitioners welcome Gyanvapi survey order

On May 26 this year, the Allahabad high court directed to transfer all matters relating to the Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi- Shahi Eidgah Masjid dispute pending before the Mathura courts to the high court.

Multiple suits were filed in the Krishna Janmabhoomi-Shahi Eidgah dispute in courts of Mathura since September 2020. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 03, 2023 10:21 PM IST

Heri-Taj city’s reputation takes a beating, again

Assault on a tourist inside a shop brings back memories of the 2017 attack on Swiss couple; such cases wash away our good work, lament stakeholders in tourism sector

An overview of Taj Mahal amidst Tajganj locality. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 01, 2023 12:48 AM IST

U.P.: Rising Yamuna floods Mathura, Vrindavan

The water level in the Yamuna in Mathura district continued to be above the danger mark for the third day in a row on July 17

The famous Vishram Ghat submerged in flood water in Mathura on July 17. (HT photo)
Updated on Jul 17, 2023 11:21 PM IST

Agra: Dog dies in locked car parked near Taj Mahal

A pet dog allegedly suffocated to death after its owners left the canine locked in a car in the parking lot of Taj Mahal in Agra for several hours, said police on Monday.

A pet dog allegedly suffocated to death after its owners left the canine locked in a car in the parking lot of Taj Mahal in Agra for several hours (AFP)
Updated on Jul 04, 2023 12:25 AM IST

Case registered after Lab dies in locked car in Taj parking

The inhuman aspect was that the dog was chained inside the car and locals said that the owner was asked not to do so by those around

For representation only (HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 03, 2023 06:59 PM IST

Mathura’s Mudiya Mela climaxes, admn in preparedness

The five-century old Mudiya Mela in Mathura, India is currently underway, attracting thousands of devotees who perform a 21-km circumambulation around Goverdhan hillock. The fair, which began on June 27, will reach its peak on July 3 and continue until July 4, with special arrangements made by local authorities. The tradition dates back to seer Sanatan Goswami and his brother Roop Goswami from Bengal, who came to Vrindavan inspired by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

Followers of Sanatan Goswami play the Mridang (a percussion instrument) and practise Bengali devotional songs for Mudiya Purnima on July 3, at Goverdhan, in Mathura. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 01, 2023 07:25 PM IST

Mathura gears up for ‘Mudiya Poornima’ fair

The five-century old ‘Mudiya Mela’ is organised on Poornima (full moon night). A sea of devotees performs 21-km ‘parikrama’ (circumambulation) around Goverdhan hillock in Mathura after having a bath in Mansi Ganga and offering prayers in Daanghati temple in Goverdhan

Devotees singing devotional songs at Govardhan during Mudiya Mela. (HT file photo)
Updated on Jun 11, 2023 12:36 AM IST

Agra city crossing sees 1954 days of a patriotic custom

All those on the road stood to attention and joined in the singing the national anthem after the flag was hoisted.

The flag hoisting ceremony at Tiranga Chowk in Agra. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 03, 2023 07:36 PM IST

42 years on, 90-year-old gets life term over killing of 10 Dalits in UP

10 Dalit people were shot dead in Uttar Pradesh’s Firozabad district for complaining against a higher-caste ration shop owner.

42 years on, 90-year-old gets life term over killing of 10 Dalits in UP
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 12:28 AM IST

42 years later: 90-yr-old man gets life term over killing of 10 Dalits

The killings took place in Sadhupur village in the Shikohabad police station area in December 1981; cause of enmity was a complaint lodged by a few Dalit villagers against a ration shop owner who took revenge along with nine of his associates and fired indiscriminately at these people

The charge sheet was filed in the Mainpuri chief judicial magistrate’s court as Shikohabad was part of the Mainpuri district at the time of the incident. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 12:24 AM IST

Plea seeking excavation at Agra mosque to be heard on July 11

It said that idols of Krishna were brought to Agra by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, who allegedly demolished the Krishna Janmabhoomi temple in Mathura in 1670

The Entrance gate of World Heritage listed monument of Agra Fort in Agra. (File photo)
Updated on May 31, 2023 08:47 PM IST

In Mathura, man awarded death sentence within 50 days of sodomising, killing minor boy

A native of Kanpur, Saif was living in Mathura. The accused is married and has a two-year-old daughter .

For representation only (HT Photo)
Updated on May 29, 2023 08:57 PM IST

ADF suggests steps to promote lesser-known Agra monuments

A letter has been sent by Agra Development Foundation (ADF) to Union tourism and culture minister G. Kishan Reddy , in which it has been said that Agra has rich historical and cultural heritage. But recent statistics show that most tourists visiting Agra only see the Taj Mahal and leave the same day without seeing the other monuments.

Demands from various quarters to promote lesser-known monuments in the Taj city notwithstanding, the focus continues to remain on the iconic Taj Mahal. (Pic for representation)
Updated on May 25, 2023 12:08 AM IST
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