Hemendra Chaturvedi

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
Protests against the Hathras incident and crimes against women.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Protests against the Hathras incident and crimes against women.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Hathras fallout: Yogi Adityanath smells ‘international’ plot to destabilise UP govt

Hindustan Times, Lucknow/Agra | By Rajesh Kumar Singh, Chandan Kumar and Hemendra Chaturvedi | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2020 06:14 AM IST
Sedition charges invoked in one of 19 FIRs lodged in seven districts; probe to focus on website that hosted information about date, time and location of protests.
The RLD leader downplayed the incident but criticised the police for the lathi-charge on his peaceful delegation.(File photo)
The RLD leader downplayed the incident but criticised the police for the lathi-charge on his peaceful delegation.(File photo)

Chaos at Hathras victim’s village, RLD vice president faces ‘planned lathi-charge’

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 08:44 PM IST
Sub-district magistrate Prem Meena denied any ‘planned lathi-charge’ and said that it was done to bring the situation under control.
The spot where the woman’s body was cremated in Bool Garhi, Hathras, Uttar Pradesh.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The spot where the woman’s body was cremated in Bool Garhi, Hathras, Uttar Pradesh.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Hathras gangrape: Woman’s family wants Supreme Court-monitored inquiry

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 04, 2020 03:51 PM IST
Mahapanchayat welcomes CBI probe; SIT continues investigation, records statements of family members
Police personnel stand guard at the entrance of the village in Hathras where the family of 19-year-old Dalit woman who was gang-raped two weeks ago resides.(PTI File Photo)
Police personnel stand guard at the entrance of the village in Hathras where the family of 19-year-old Dalit woman who was gang-raped two weeks ago resides.(PTI File Photo)

Hathras gang-rape victim’s family against CBI probe; SIT records statement

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 12:38 PM IST
The SIT team present in Hathras’ Boolgarhi village is interacting with the concerned people and has said, “anybody who wants to give a statement is welcome.”
Police resort to lathicharge to disperse Congress workers from DND Flyway while a delegation led by Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi makes its way towards Hathras, Uttar Pradesh.(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Police resort to lathicharge to disperse Congress workers from DND Flyway while a delegation led by Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi makes its way towards Hathras, Uttar Pradesh.(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)

‘Couldn’t even see her face before cremation’: Hathras gang-rape victim’s kin

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2020 10:58 PM IST
The victim’s family spoke to media after two days, said they want justice and not money.
Relatives of the gangrape victim at her village after her death, in Hathras district on Tuesday.(ANI Photo)
Relatives of the gangrape victim at her village after her death, in Hathras district on Tuesday.(ANI Photo)

Hathras gang-rape victim’s kin say ‘couldn’t even see her face before cremation’

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2020 01:06 PM IST
The Hathras gang-rape victim’s family said they were not allowed see their daughter’s body before her forcible cremation at 2:30am.
Policemen stand guard at the entrance to Hathras village in Uttar Pradesh on Friday.(HT Photos/Amal KS)
Policemen stand guard at the entrance to Hathras village in Uttar Pradesh on Friday.(HT Photos/Amal KS)

Hathras gangrape: Senior police officials suspended

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rajesh Kumar Singh, Shiv Sunny and Hemendra Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2020 06:59 AM IST
The government, in an order on Friday evening, suspended Hathras superintendent of police Vikrant Vir, deputy superintendent of police Ram Shabd, police inspector in-charge Dinesh Kumar Verma, senior sub- inspector Jagveer Singh and head constable Mahesh Pal.
Police barricading to ensure no entry of media personnel as well as any ‘outsider’ seen en route the home of the gangrape victim in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Police barricading to ensure no entry of media personnel as well as any ‘outsider’ seen en route the home of the gangrape victim in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

‘Cops outside toilets of victim’s home’: Hathras off limits, family off the grid

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shiv Sunny and Hemendra Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2020 07:07 AM IST
On Friday morning, a teenager who said he was a cousin of the victim, approached journalists waiting at the barricades and alleged that the administration had locked in the family, seized their mobile phones and even hit the victim’s father.
Candle light march against the gang-rape and murder of a Dalit woman in Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Candle light march against the gang-rape and murder of a Dalit woman in Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Hathras gang-rape case: Mahapanchayat presses for CBI probe, demands release of accused

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2020 10:15 PM IST
The mahapanchayat threatened to launch an agitation if the accused are not released and also referred to the report of the Agra Forensic Science Lab.
UP ADG (Law and order) Prashant Kumar addresses a press conference. He said that the forensic examination of the Hathras victim revealed that there was no rape though experts say that there were lapses in medical examination of the victim.(PTI Photo)
UP ADG (Law and order) Prashant Kumar addresses a press conference. He said that the forensic examination of the Hathras victim revealed that there was no rape though experts say that there were lapses in medical examination of the victim.(PTI Photo)

Hathras case: Cops contradict victim’s statement

Hindustan Times, Hathras/Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi, Dhrubo Jyoti and Shiv Sunny
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2020 06:29 AM IST
Experts pointed to lapses in the medical examination procedure, which occurred eight days after the alleged rape, and said it violated national and international guidelines that say the scrutiny must be done at the earliest in sexual assault cases.
Police personnel stand guard at the entrance of Boolgarhi village where the family of 19-year-old Dalit woman who was gang-raped two weeks ago resides, in Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh.(PTI)
Police personnel stand guard at the entrance of Boolgarhi village where the family of 19-year-old Dalit woman who was gang-raped two weeks ago resides, in Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh.(PTI)

Govt may declare Hathras village a Covid containment zone, says DM

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 07:53 PM IST
The entry of journalists in the village was prohibited reportedly after some police personnel were found with Covid-19 symptoms.
Members of the special investigation team (SIT) recording statements of Hathras gang rape victim’s family members.(HT Photo)
Members of the special investigation team (SIT) recording statements of Hathras gang rape victim’s family members.(HT Photo)

UP SIT interacts with family of Hathras gang-rape victim, records statements

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 02:26 PM IST
Media has also been barred from entering village citing the possibility of it being declared a Covid-19 containment zone.
The Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi temple and Shahi Idgah mosque in Mathura.(PTI)
The Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi temple and Shahi Idgah mosque in Mathura.(PTI)

Mathura court dismisses plea for mosque removal, petitioners to move higher court

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 01, 2020 09:19 AM IST
The plaintiffs sought cancellation of a settlement entered into between the Shri Krishna Janmasthan Seva Sansthan which is the governing body of the temple complex and the Committee of Management of Trust of Shahi Idgah (Idgah Trust) in 1968
The Hathras woman was shifted to Safdarjung Hospital from Aligarh Muslim University’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital on Monday(HT Archive)
The Hathras woman was shifted to Safdarjung Hospital from Aligarh Muslim University’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital on Monday(HT Archive)

Hathras woman who was gang-raped 2 weeks ago dies at Delhi hospital

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 29, 2020 04:27 PM IST
The death triggered outrage with Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hitting out at the state government over “no semblance of security” for women and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal calling it a matter of shame for the country
Sri Krishna Janambhoomi illuminated on the occasion of Janamasthmi.(HT FILE PHOTO PHOTO)
Sri Krishna Janambhoomi illuminated on the occasion of Janamasthmi.(HT FILE PHOTO PHOTO)

Purohit Mahasabha condemns suit in Mathura court on Krishna Janambhoomi issue

HIndustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 29, 2020 10:17 AM IST
Mahesh Pathak, president of teh Akhil Bhartiya Teerth Purohit Mahasabha , the apex body of priests. said few outsiders have come and filed a court case, damaging Mathura’s fabric of harmony.
File photo: Workers spray disinfection at Taj Mahal premises it re-opens from September 21.(ANI)
File photo: Workers spray disinfection at Taj Mahal premises it re-opens from September 21.(ANI)

Taj Mahal re-opens for public after six months, visitors to be divided into two slots

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2020 09:47 AM IST
A maximum of 5,000 visitors will be allowed in two shifts per day to visit the monument.
Workers disinfect the Taj Mahal premises ahead of the monument’s reopening on Monday.(ANI)
Workers disinfect the Taj Mahal premises ahead of the monument’s reopening on Monday.(ANI)

Closed for 6 months due to pandemic, Taj Mahal set for reopening on Monday

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 20, 2020 06:45 PM IST
A maximum of 5,000 visitors will be allowed in a day into the monument in line with the Covid-19 protocol..
The under-construction museum in Agra.(HT Photo.)
The under-construction museum in Agra.(HT Photo.)

Tourism department to seek funds for Agra’s under-construction ‘Mughal Museum’

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 07:57 PM IST
Due to various factors, including GST, the cost of constructing the museum has escalated to Rs 173 crores of which Rs 94 crores has already been released and utilized.
The under-construction museum in Agra.(HT Photo.)
The under-construction museum in Agra.(HT Photo.)

Row over Agra’s Mughal Museum’s link with Shivaji, project in need of funds

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2020 10:28 PM IST
Many had forgotten that the Taj city had a connect with Chhatrapati Shivaji till the CM Adityanath announced to rename the under-construction museum after the Maratha king on Monday.
File photo: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.(ANI)
File photo: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.(ANI)

‘Rename Agra’s Mughal Museum after Shivaji’: Yogi Adityanath

Hindustan Times, Lucknow/Agra | By Pankaj Jaiswal and Hemendra Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2020 10:54 PM IST
The Rs 141 crore museum, being built by the state tourism department, was the brainchild of former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav who announced its construction in 2016.
Staff at a shop in Agra arranging marble products after the date of the reopening of the Taj Mahal was announced.(HT PHOTO)
Staff at a shop in Agra arranging marble products after the date of the reopening of the Taj Mahal was announced.(HT PHOTO)

Taj Mahal’s reopening to give Agra’s marble trade a new lease of life

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 03:32 PM IST
Marble traders in Agra had taken a huge hit during the lockdown amid the Covid-9 pandemic that stopped tourist traffic and disrupted shipments.
The capsule will have a protective covering filled with inert gases and the text will be written on acid-resistant paper in a bid to ensure its longevity.(HT Photo)
The capsule will have a protective covering filled with inert gases and the text will be written on acid-resistant paper in a bid to ensure its longevity.(HT Photo)

To mark centenary celebration, AMU to bury time capsule

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2020 12:41 PM IST
The capsule will contain all the details of the institution’s achievements since its inception in 1920 and also an account of contemporary history and current affairs
The Agra administration plans to follow strict protocols while reopening both Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort.(ANI)
The Agra administration plans to follow strict protocols while reopening both Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort.(ANI)

Taj Mahal and Agra Fort to reopen from September 21: What you need to know

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2020 10:46 AM IST
The Agra administration plans to follow strict protocols while reopening both monuments
A policeman wearing a protective mask stands guard near the Taj Mahal amid the coronavirus pandemic in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
A policeman wearing a protective mask stands guard near the Taj Mahal amid the coronavirus pandemic in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra.(REUTERS PHOTO.)

Agra stares at possible second wave of coronavirus cases after new spike

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2020 01:34 AM IST
On Sunday alone, the district reported 65 fresh Covid-19 cases—the maximum in a day so far. On Saturday, there were a total of 2,901 Covid-19 cases in the district with 107 deaths.
Once the apparel and textile park comes up, it will turn the Taj city into a garment hub.(AFP)
Once the apparel and textile park comes up, it will turn the Taj city into a garment hub.(AFP)

Mega land allotment could turn Agra into a garment hub

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2020 03:40 PM IST
The land in question is owned by the Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Authority (UPSIDA) and is part of the 1,000-acre land parcel that was originally earmarked for a theme park project.
The CCTV footage helped identify Pradeep Gupta at the toll plaza on Wednesday as he led the ‘hijacking’ of the bus. (HT Photo)
The CCTV footage helped identify Pradeep Gupta at the toll plaza on Wednesday as he led the ‘hijacking’ of the bus. (HT Photo)

Man behind Agra bus ‘hijacking’ arrested after police encounter

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2020 10:09 AM IST
The police intercepted accused Pradeep Gupta in Fatehabad area of Agra district. In the encounter that followed, Gupta suffered a bullet injury in his leg.
The hijacked bus found in Etawah on Wednesday.(HT photo)
The hijacked bus found in Etawah on Wednesday.(HT photo)

Loan recovery agents hijack bus with 34 on board

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2020 04:33 AM IST
The bus, with 34 passengers left Gurugram for Panna in Madhya Pradesh at 3.20 pm on Tuesday. It entered Uttar Pradesh late in the evening.
Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, 84, the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust chairman, has been shifted to Gurugram’s Medanta hospital for treatment,(HT Pho)
Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, 84, the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust chairman, has been shifted to Gurugram’s Medanta hospital for treatment,(HT Pho)

Head of Ram temple trust tests positive for Covid-19

Hindustan Times, Lucknow/Agra | By Pawan Dixit and Hemendra Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 14, 2020 04:12 AM IST
Mahant Nritya Gopal Das was in Mathura to preside over the Krishna Janmashtami celebrations on Wednesday and was staying at Sitaram Temple there
Sushma Sathe during the funeral ceremony of her husband Captain Deepak Sathe at Air India Cargo, Andheri in Mumbai on August 09, 2020(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Sushma Sathe during the funeral ceremony of her husband Captain Deepak Sathe at Air India Cargo, Andheri in Mumbai on August 09, 2020(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

Kozhikode Air India pilots laid to rest, tributes pour in

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Mumbai/ Agra | By Anvit Srivastava, Hemendra Chaturvedi, Neha LM Tripathi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 10, 2020 04:58 AM IST
First Officer Akhilesh Kumar, 32, was co-piloting flight IX-1344 from Dubai to Calicut with 190 people onboard when it overshot the runway at Karipur airport while landing and fell into a 35 feet deep valley. Captain Deepak Vasant Sathe, 58, was the pilot in command of the Boeing737 aircraft that broke into two after crashing, claiming the lives of both the pilots and 16 passengers.
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