Karn Pratap Singh

Karn Pratap Singh has been writing on crime, policing, and issues of safety in Delhi for almost a decade. He covers high-intensity spot news, including terror strikes, serial blasts and security threats in the national capital.

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Forensic probe rules out foul play in car fire deaths in Delhi

On Sunday, Upender (36) took his wife Anjana, the deceased, for an outing. Apart from Anjana and Upendra, their three daughters, Nikki (1) and Mahi (6) and Siddhi (4) were returning from the Kalkaji temple in their Datsun Go car when the CNG-fitted vehicle caught fire, police said.
The woman’s husband, Upendra Mishra, who was driving the car at the time of the incident, is in shock and has been blaming himself for not able to save his wife, Anjana Mishra, and two daughters — Riddhi Mishra,5, and one-and-a-half-year-old Nikki Mishra.(Sushil Kumar/HT Photo)
The woman’s husband, Upendra Mishra, who was driving the car at the time of the incident, is in shock and has been blaming himself for not able to save his wife, Anjana Mishra, and two daughters — Riddhi Mishra,5, and one-and-a-half-year-old Nikki Mishra.(Sushil Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 12, 2019 01:49 AM IST
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Delhi man kills wife for rebuking drinking habit, sleeps next to body

During the interrogation, a police officer associated with the case said Prem Singh revealed that he returned home inebriated on Tuesday night and got into an altercation with his wife after she began reprimanding him for coming home drunk every night.
Enraged over being rebuked for his drinking habit, a 30-year-old man allegedly strangled his wife to death and slept with the body next to him in their rented house for a night in outer Delhi’s Nihal Vihar.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Enraged over being rebuked for his drinking habit, a 30-year-old man allegedly strangled his wife to death and slept with the body next to him in their rented house for a night in outer Delhi’s Nihal Vihar.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Mar 10, 2019 08:47 AM IST
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Girl’s family kills man over son’s affair, body dumped on Yamuna bank

The man’s semi-decomposed body was found in the shrubs on the Yamuna riverbed in north Delhi’s Burari on Monday, more than 48 hours after he was killed and dumped there. The body was partially eaten by stray animals.
The three suspects in the case included the girl’s uncle and two cousins. They were arrested on Thursday.(Getty Images)
The three suspects in the case included the girl’s uncle and two cousins. They were arrested on Thursday.(Getty Images)
Published on Feb 22, 2019 09:56 AM IST
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Jobless DU graduate held for stealing British woman’s purse from Metro station

Police said the man, identified only by his first name Manish, was previously involved in a rape case registered at the Uttam Nagar police station. He had exchanged the stolen pounds sterling into Indian currency. A total of 3.18 lakh was recovered from his possession, police said.
A resident of south Delhi, the accused Manish completed his BCom from a top DU college a decade ago. He is currently jobless.(HT Photo)
A resident of south Delhi, the accused Manish completed his BCom from a top DU college a decade ago. He is currently jobless.(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 07, 2019 11:45 AM IST
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East Kailash murder: Masseuse’s minor son dressed as a woman to enter couple’s flat

Twenty-fours after the murder, when the boy left the flat, he wore deceased Virender Kumar Khaneja’s clothes to hoodwink the neighbours or trick the CCTVs.
Published on Jan 30, 2019 10:23 AM IST
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East of Kailash murders: Accused teen spent 24 hours inside couple’s flat, played video game

Police said that the teenager had planned the crime in advance and that spending the night in the house after the crime was part of it.
Mount Kailash apartments in East of Kailash in Delhi where the elderly couple was found dead on Saturday in their 9th floor flat. The couple’s masseuse and her teenage son have been arrested in the case.(Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)
Mount Kailash apartments in East of Kailash in Delhi where the elderly couple was found dead on Saturday in their 9th floor flat. The couple’s masseuse and her teenage son have been arrested in the case.(Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)
Published on Jan 29, 2019 10:53 AM IST
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Delhi elderly couple murder: CCTV clip showed boy entering apartment, leaving next day

On January 18, CCTV footage recorded the masseuse arriving at the apartment complex at around 11 am, said police. But there were no CCTV footage of her returning to the complex after that day.
Police said they suspected the part-time masseuse (in photo) and her son of murdering the elderly couple in East of Kailash after they found discrepancies in their statements.(HT Photo)
Police said they suspected the part-time masseuse (in photo) and her son of murdering the elderly couple in East of Kailash after they found discrepancies in their statements.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 29, 2019 10:57 AM IST
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East of Kailash deaths: Elderly couple robbed, murdered by masseuse’s 17-year-old son

Police said they have apprehended the boy and arrested his 50-year-old mother, who was in the couple’s employment for seven years, in the case. The motive for the murder, police said, was robbery.
The decomposed bodies of Sarla and Virender Kumar Khaneja were found inside their flat in south Delhi’s East of Kailash.(HT Photo)
The decomposed bodies of Sarla and Virender Kumar Khaneja were found inside their flat in south Delhi’s East of Kailash.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 29, 2019 09:06 AM IST
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East of Kailash deaths: Cops grill elderly couple’s domestic help, list people with access to flat

With no sign of robbery — the almirahs were undisturbed and the items inside were intact — there is no conclusive evidence yet that points to the role of an outsider, said an investigating officer who did not wish to be named.
On Saturday, when police reached the couple’s house in Delhi’s East of Kailash colony, they found both doors of the house locked.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)
On Saturday, when police reached the couple’s house in Delhi’s East of Kailash colony, they found both doors of the house locked.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 28, 2019 12:34 PM IST
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Decomposed bodies of elderly couple found inside East of Kailash flat

The couple had registered themselves as senior citizens with the Delhi Police and were last visited by a constable on January 19.
Mount Kailash apartments in East of Kailash where the elderly couple was found dead on Saturday, Jan 26, 2019, in their ninth floor flat. Police say there were no signs of a forced entry.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)
Mount Kailash apartments in East of Kailash where the elderly couple was found dead on Saturday, Jan 26, 2019, in their ninth floor flat. Police say there were no signs of a forced entry.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 29, 2019 08:44 AM IST
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3 men, held for stalking woman, turn out to be private detectives hired by her husband

Deputy commissioner of police (New Delhi) Madhur Verma said on Tuesday that the three men were arrested on the charges of stalking after the woman filed a case at the Tughlak Road police station.
The three men told police they were private detectives hired by the woman’s husband who thought she was cheating on him.(Getty Images / Used for representational purpose)
The three men told police they were private detectives hired by the woman’s husband who thought she was cheating on him.(Getty Images / Used for representational purpose)
Updated on Jan 23, 2019 10:50 AM IST
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Delhi cops jump into Yamuna to catch Nepalese human trafficking ring kingpin

The police had claimed that the women were lured to Delhi by alleged traffickers who were their compatriots, who told them they would be sent to foreign countries and employed as domestic help with a salary of Rs 30,000 each.
Lopsang Lama, a Nepalese citizen, was arrested from near the Kashmere Gate bus terminal on Saturday, January 19, 2019.(HT Photo)
Lopsang Lama, a Nepalese citizen, was arrested from near the Kashmere Gate bus terminal on Saturday, January 19, 2019.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 21, 2019 09:30 AM IST
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Delhi bride shot in celebratory firing, returns from hospital to complete rituals

A 19-year-old woman was accidentally shot in her leg during a celebratory firing at her wedding in east Delhi’s Shakarpur. The woman was rushed to a government hospital where she underwent treatment for four hours and returned to the venue to continue with the rituals.
Pooja, with her right leg heavily bandaged, limped around the ritualistic fire seven times (saat phere), to complete her wedding rituals in the presence of over 100 guests.(AFP/Picture for representation)
Pooja, with her right leg heavily bandaged, limped around the ritualistic fire seven times (saat phere), to complete her wedding rituals in the presence of over 100 guests.(AFP/Picture for representation)
Updated on Jan 19, 2019 07:51 AM IST
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Five-year-old in Delhi dies after alleged assault by mother’s live-in partner

The incident took place on January 10. The child died during treatment at a private hospital two days later.
Police said that during interrogation, the woman’s live-in partner revealed that the child’s head hit a concrete wall while he was beating him for not reciting numeric table properly.(Getty Images/ Representative Image)
Police said that during interrogation, the woman’s live-in partner revealed that the child’s head hit a concrete wall while he was beating him for not reciting numeric table properly.(Getty Images/ Representative Image)
Updated on Jan 16, 2019 01:29 PM IST
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Rape survivor allegedly poisoned, threatened for refusing to withdraw police case

The alleged attack took place on Thursday evening when the girl was returning home after attending tuition classes at a nearby coaching centre.
A 17-year-old girl was allegedly poisoned, assaulted and threatened in southwest Delhi’s Hastsal .(AP)
A 17-year-old girl was allegedly poisoned, assaulted and threatened in southwest Delhi’s Hastsal .(AP)
Updated on Jan 13, 2019 10:07 AM IST
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3 held in Delhi for running fake call centre, selling smartphones at low prices

The accused, identified as Sanjay Panchal, 22, Nikhil Soni, 22, and Kunal, 18, all from Delhi, have more than two dozen associates in various cities across the country and they are yet to be arrested, the police said.
A Delhi Police officer said the telecallers would call people, chosen at random, on their cellphones stating that they had been selected in a lucky draw and that they were being offered a smartphone of their choice at a discounted price.(AFP File / Representative Photo)
A Delhi Police officer said the telecallers would call people, chosen at random, on their cellphones stating that they had been selected in a lucky draw and that they were being offered a smartphone of their choice at a discounted price.(AFP File / Representative Photo)
Updated on Jan 09, 2019 01:35 PM IST
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Delhi cop killed after iron barricade, hit by speeding car, flies into him

The accused, Nagesh Kapoor, was arrested in the afternoon after the police recovered his damaged grey Maruti Baleno sedan from a car repair shop in Pochanpur village.
The dead policeman was identified as Guljari Lal, a native of Rajasthan’s Jaipur. Lal was posted at the Dwaka Sector-23 police station.(Sourced)
The dead policeman was identified as Guljari Lal, a native of Rajasthan’s Jaipur. Lal was posted at the Dwaka Sector-23 police station.(Sourced)
Updated on Jan 09, 2019 07:33 PM IST
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Delhi man may lose leg after wife falls to death from Barapullah elevated corridor

Doctors will make a last-ditch attempt to save the man’s left leg but have asked his family to be prepared for amputation.
The woman died after falling almost 70 feet from the Barapullah elevated corridor (in pic) into the drain flowing below while her husband sustained multiple injuries.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The woman died after falling almost 70 feet from the Barapullah elevated corridor (in pic) into the drain flowing below while her husband sustained multiple injuries.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 08, 2019 01:31 PM IST
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Man, 30, threw a stone at dog in Delhi; owner shot him dead: Cops

The police have registered a case of murder against the dog’s owner, identified as Mehtab. Police said Mehtab, a habitual criminal, has been missing after the crime.
A 30-year-old man was shot dead after he allegedly threw a stone at a pet dog in northeast Delhi’s Welcome on Sunday evening. The deceased has been identified as Aafaq Ali, a tailor by profession.(PTI/ Representative Image)
A 30-year-old man was shot dead after he allegedly threw a stone at a pet dog in northeast Delhi’s Welcome on Sunday evening. The deceased has been identified as Aafaq Ali, a tailor by profession.(PTI/ Representative Image)
Updated on Jan 07, 2019 01:23 PM IST
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9-month-old abducted from Delhi pavement, rescued after 49 days from Punjab, 2 held

The child had gone missing on November 18 last year. But a police case was registered only on January 2 this year, a day after the child’s parents had allegedly already traced and nabbed the 20-year-old woman from near Palika Market parking lot on their own.
The nine-month-old boy with his parents. His parents said he had been abducted from a pavement in central Delhi.(HT Photo)
The nine-month-old boy with his parents. His parents said he had been abducted from a pavement in central Delhi.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 07, 2019 09:41 AM IST
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Suspected of theft, 18-year-old homeless man beaten to death by two men in Delhi

Police said the two men claimed that the victim stole their cycle cart. However, they could not provide police with any evidence to prove their accusation, said police. They were both arrested.
The two men — identified by the police as the owner of a catering and tent shop, Rohit Kumar, and his employee, Sonu Rai — continued kicking and punching the homeless man even in the presence of the officer, police said(File)
The two men — identified by the police as the owner of a catering and tent shop, Rohit Kumar, and his employee, Sonu Rai — continued kicking and punching the homeless man even in the presence of the officer, police said(File)
Updated on Jan 05, 2019 02:03 PM IST
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Research assistant dies after falling 30 ft while rock climbing on JNU campus

Police said the victim was not wearing any safety gear while climbing the rock at JNU campus. The incident was captured in a video shot by the victim’s friend.
A video grab shows Praveen Tiwari climbing a rock at JNU campus.(Sourced)
A video grab shows Praveen Tiwari climbing a rock at JNU campus.(Sourced)
Published on Jan 02, 2019 10:02 AM IST
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Doctor, agent held for prenatal sex test racket in south Delhi hospital

Dr Manoj K Ahuja, a radiologist, and Kavita were caught red-handed on Wednesday at Jeewan Hospital Gate Number- 2 in Sunlight Colony area by a joint team of pre-conception pre-natal diagnostic technique (PCPNDT) cell of Haryana and Delhi’s health departments, said police.
A police officer said that once the identity of the doctor and the hospital where the illegal procedure was being practised were established, the team contacted their counterparts in southeast Delhi.(Getty Images / Representative Image)
A police officer said that once the identity of the doctor and the hospital where the illegal procedure was being practised were established, the team contacted their counterparts in southeast Delhi.(Getty Images / Representative Image)
Published on Dec 21, 2018 04:17 PM IST
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Sajjan Kumar’s conviction in anti-Sikh riots case: Youth celebrate, but for older generation it’s delayed justice

The Delhi High Court on Monday called the anti-Sikh riots case of 1984 “communal frenzy” as it sentenced Congress leader Sajjan Kumar to life imprisonment in one of the cases.
Thakri Kaur and Surjeet Kaur, eye-witnesses of the 1984 Sikh massacre, at Tilak Vihar, in New Delhi, on Monday, December 17, 2018.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Thakri Kaur and Surjeet Kaur, eye-witnesses of the 1984 Sikh massacre, at Tilak Vihar, in New Delhi, on Monday, December 17, 2018.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 18, 2018 12:02 PM IST
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‘A cop asked, kitne murge bhun diye’: 1984 riots witness recalls horror

Eight years later, Jagdish Kaur’s account served as clinching evidence in the conviction of Kumar and five other accused by the Delhi High Court on Monday.
Nirpreet Kaur, an eye-witness of the 1984 Sikh massacre, and AAP leader Jarnail Singh rejoice the Delhi High Court judgement sentencing Congress leader Sajjan Kumar to life imprisonment in connection with the massacre, at Delhi High Court, in New Delhi, India, on Monday, December 17, 2018.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Nirpreet Kaur, an eye-witness of the 1984 Sikh massacre, and AAP leader Jarnail Singh rejoice the Delhi High Court judgement sentencing Congress leader Sajjan Kumar to life imprisonment in connection with the massacre, at Delhi High Court, in New Delhi, India, on Monday, December 17, 2018.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 18, 2018 10:00 AM IST
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Woman befriends foreign national on social media, duped of Rs 7 lakh

Police have arrested a man from Ivory Coast in connection with the crime. His preliminary interrogation revealed that he was part of an organised syndicate of cyber cheats.
A case was registered with the cyber cell of Delhi Police on the basis of the victim woman’s complaint.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
A case was registered with the cyber cell of Delhi Police on the basis of the victim woman’s complaint.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Dec 17, 2018 01:24 PM IST
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Jeweller who turned robber held for murder of 21-yr-old in E Delhi

Acharya niketan attacker identified from CCTV footage; had shaved beard to evade cops
The pistol Verma used to shoot dead the victim has been recovered(sourced)
The pistol Verma used to shoot dead the victim has been recovered(sourced)
Updated on Dec 15, 2018 04:24 PM IST
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Police release suspects’ sketches in Geeta Colony ‘road rage’ murder

More than 50 people from east and northeast Delhi areas, whose physical descriptions have similarities with the sketches, were rounded up by investigating teams.
A 34-year-old man was killed in a case of alleged road rage in east Delhi’s Geeta Colony on December 10, 2018.(Getty Images/ Representative Image)
A 34-year-old man was killed in a case of alleged road rage in east Delhi’s Geeta Colony on December 10, 2018.(Getty Images/ Representative Image)
Updated on Dec 14, 2018 12:42 PM IST
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34-year-old killed in road rage in east Delhi; second murder in less than 24 hours

The scooterist pulled out a pistol and fired at Chauhan, who ran a cloth cutting factory in Yamuna Vihar. The bullet hit his thigh and he died of excessive bleeding, police said.
A 34-year-old businessman was shot dead allegedly by an unidentified scooterist in east Delhi’s Geeta Colony.(Getty Images)
A 34-year-old businessman was shot dead allegedly by an unidentified scooterist in east Delhi’s Geeta Colony.(Getty Images)
Published on Dec 11, 2018 01:46 PM IST
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Caught on camera: Man shot over minor mishap in Mayur Vihar

According to the victim’s uncle Vinod, Yogesh was on his way home in Chilla Gaon near Mayur Vihar Extension after visiting two relatives admitted in Kukreja Hospital.
One of the car occupants went inside the store and Aman too followed to buy snacks and juice. The duo began arguing again and when Aman exited, he told Yogesh and Golu about the spat.(HT File photo)
One of the car occupants went inside the store and Aman too followed to buy snacks and juice. The duo began arguing again and when Aman exited, he told Yogesh and Golu about the spat.(HT File photo)
Updated on Dec 11, 2018 12:56 PM IST
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