Mohammad Ghazali

Mohammad Ghazali is a multimedia correspondent with Hindustan Times based in Punjab. He was earlier associated with Media Network of India as a research associate with Paranjoy Guha Thakurta in New Delhi. Having a post graduate degree from Asian College of Journalism, his area of interest includes Indian politics and economy.

Articles by Mohammad Ghazali

AAP finds seeking permission to hold rallies in Mansa ‘unnecessary’

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which has often accused the state government of denying them permission to hold rallies, now seems least bothered about rules and regulations.

AAP has not sought permissions to hold most of their public gatherings and nukkad meetings in Mansa.(HT Photo)
AAP has not sought permissions to hold most of their public gatherings and nukkad meetings in Mansa.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 23, 2016 07:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

Harsimrat attacks Captain Amarinder over dera visit, plays panthic card

In what can be seen as a contradictory stand, Union food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who visited Mansa to distribute sewing machines under Nanhi Chhaan scheme, criticised Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Captain Amarinder Singh for resorting to dera politics, while exalting panthic cards here on Tuesday. 

Union food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal.(HT File Photo)
Union food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 22, 2016 12:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

‘Promised’ promotion for cracking high-profile cases, Mansa cops get transfer instead

Members of a team of Criminal Investigation Agency (CIA) officials in Mansa, instrumental in cracking a high profile case of kidnapping, were recently ignored promotions. Also, the CIA in-charge was transferred earlier this week.

CIA in-charge Gamdoor Singh has been transferred to Fazilka after he allegedly raised the issue of promotion(HT File Photo)
CIA in-charge Gamdoor Singh has been transferred to Fazilka after he allegedly raised the issue of promotion(HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 17, 2016 04:07 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

Deprived of ticket, SAD MLA Chetan Singh Samao skips pilgrim train flag-off in Budhlada

Upset over denial of party ticket from Budhlada assembly seat, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA Chetan Singh Samao skipped the flag-off ceremony of a pilgrim train to Huzoor Sahib here on Friday. Samao, a Dalit leader, had also remained absent from the inauguration of a solar power plant in his constituency earlier this week, which was presided over by renewable energy minister Bikram Singh Majithia.

Chetan Singh Samao(HT Photo)
Chetan Singh Samao(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 10, 2016 11:31 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa (budhlada)

If AAP tickets on sale, Akalis and Cong could buy and form govt: Jarnail

Jarnail Singh is, in effect, a key bridge between the leadership of the Aam Aadmi Party and its Punjab campaign. The Delhi MLA, who is the Punjab affairs co-incharge of the AAP, was in Mansa district for two campaign meetings, in Matti and Burj Dhilwan village, to seek votes for candidate Nazar Singh Manshahia. HT caught up with him on a range of issues. Excepts:

AAP Punjab affairs co-incharge Jarnail Singh.(HT Photo)
AAP Punjab affairs co-incharge Jarnail Singh.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 09, 2016 02:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

SAD candidates make a beeline for Mansa ticket

As Mansa Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA Prem Kumar Mittal has shown willingness to contest the upcoming elections from Ludhiana, several ticket aspirants within the party have shown willingness to contest the election from here which, many consider unsafe for the party going by the past record.

Updated on Nov 19, 2016 07:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

MLA report card: Prem Mittal and Janmeja Singh Sekhon

Hindustan Times takes a look at Punjab MLAs and their performance:

Updated on Nov 16, 2016 09:15 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMohammad Ghazali and Sachin Sharma;

MLA report cards: Ajit Inder Singh Mofar and Chitan Singh Samao

Hindustan Times takes a look at Punjab MLAs and their performance:

Updated on Nov 15, 2016 06:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMohammad Ghazali and Sachin Sharma;

Youth killed in Mansa village, kin protest, want all accused arrested

The family of a 25-year-old man, who was murdered for opposing illicit relationship of a woman of his village, held a protest at Heerewala village here on Monday demanding the arrest of the accused. According to the police, Attardeep Singh was killed on Diwali night when he resisted the entry of around 5-6 people to his village, who used to visit a woman in his village. “The victim resisted the entry of the accused, identified as Jeet Singh, Amreek Singh, Mumpy Singh, Semi Singh, Gurjant Singh and his two sons Govind Singh and Sandeep Singh, residents of neighbouring Khara village.

The victim’s family and others holding a protest at Heerewala village, demanding arrest of the accused, on Monday.(HT Photo)
The victim’s family and others holding a protest at Heerewala village, demanding arrest of the accused, on Monday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 01, 2016 11:42 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

It was ‘duty first’ during Diwali for cops and firefighters in Mansa

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a twitter campaign – #sandesh2soldiers – to send Diwali greetings to army soldiers; cops and firefighters will be celebrating the festival on roads without such fanfare and family.

Diwali means more work in office for employees of the fire safety department.(HT Photo)
Diwali means more work in office for employees of the fire safety department.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 31, 2016 04:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

Youth Akali Dal leader arrested for Mansa trader abduction

The Mansa police claimed to have resolved the case of a trader’s abduction by arresting Kalyan Singh, a Youth Akali Dal (YAD) leader, and son of SGPC member Sukhchain Singh Dharampura, after raiding his residence on Thursday morning.

Kalyan Singh at a rally of the SAD in Bareta, in a photo uploaded by him on his Facebook profile on October 8.
Kalyan Singh at a rally of the SAD in Bareta, in a photo uploaded by him on his Facebook profile on October 8.
Updated on Oct 20, 2016 08:54 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

Chahal’s son holds music concert to stake claim to Cong ticket

Even as the Congress is yet to announce its candidates for the upcoming assembly elections, the ticket aspirants in Mansa are leaving no stone unturned to impress the party brass to grab the ticket.

Bikramjit Inder Singh Chahal at a concert in Mansa.(HT Photo)
Bikramjit Inder Singh Chahal at a concert in Mansa.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 17, 2016 01:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

Mansa Dalit youth’s limb recovered, 3 accused held

The Mansa police on Wednesday evening claimed to have arrested three of the six persons accused of killing a Dalit youth at Gharagna village in the district on Monday

Updated on Oct 13, 2016 09:48 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

Punjab: Dalit youth’s body found with one leg missing, 6 men booked for murder

In a chilling reminder of the Abohar farmhouse murder last year, a 20-year-old Dalit youth was allegedly abducted and killed by a rival group of liquor smugglers, who also chopped off one of his legs, in Mansa late on Monday evening.

Sukhchain Singh(HT Photo)
Sukhchain Singh(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 12, 2016 11:00 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa (punjab)

Congress leaders hold bike rallies in a show of strength in Mansa

The ticket aspirants within Congress party in Mansa, who have geared up on social work to impress the high command, have resorted to holding bike rallies for show of strength. In the last four days, two candidates have taken out bike rallies and both are trying to out-do each other.

A bike rally organised by Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee in Mansa on Monday.(HT Photo)
A bike rally organised by Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee in Mansa on Monday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 27, 2016 03:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

Punjab polls: Congress ticket aspirants oppose names of Chahal, Bansal

Seven Congress ticket aspirants from here appealed to high command to not allow Bikramjit Inder Singh Chahal, son of Bharat Inder Singh Chahal, a close aide of Captain Amarinder Singh and convict former MLA Mangat Rai Bansal to contest elections from Mansa assembly constituency.

Updated on Sep 21, 2016 02:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

Constable-SP row hits morale of Mansa police

The SAD-BJP government often maintains that it has least intervention in the working of the state police, but the recent case of a police constable, who happens to be the grandson of a SAD MLA, misbehaving with a senior police officer tells a different story.

Updated on Sep 20, 2016 12:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Brazen display of political clout: Constable—Akali MLA’s grandson—spars with SP

In what could be seen as a brazen display of political clout, police constable Gurwake Singh, who is the grandson of Shiromani Akali Dal member of legislative assembly (SAD-MLA) Chatin Singh Samao, got into a verbal duel with a superintendent of police (SP) rank officer in Mansa, during a programme of Union food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

According to eye witnesses, Gurwake Singh was stopped from parking his vehicle in an area arranged for Harsimrat’s car. Later when SP Rakesh Kumar intervened, the constable got into a heated exchange with Kumar, and allegedly got into a scuffle with the gunman of the SP.(Photo courtesy: SAD Twitter account)
According to eye witnesses, Gurwake Singh was stopped from parking his vehicle in an area arranged for Harsimrat’s car. Later when SP Rakesh Kumar intervened, the constable got into a heated exchange with Kumar, and allegedly got into a scuffle with the gunman of the SP.(Photo courtesy: SAD Twitter account)
Updated on Sep 19, 2016 04:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

‘Sting man’ Gurlabh Singh has Punjab AAP leaders in a fix

Gurlabh Singh Mahal, man who allegedly directed the sting operation that got Sucha Singh Chhotepur sacked as state convener of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), has gone into virtual hiding since.

Gurlabh Singh Mahal(HT Photo)
Gurlabh Singh Mahal(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 29, 2016 05:07 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

Trader’s kidnapping: Mansa DSP transferred, ‘helped’ in paying ransom

In what could severely dent the credibility of Mansa police, a serving deputy superintendent of police (DSP) has been transferred for allegedly helping a trader’s family in paying ransom to his abductors. “On August 20, DSP Surendra Sharma who was one of the team members monitoring the case,” confirmed sources from criminal investigation department (CID)

SP Surendra Sharma(HT Photo)
SP Surendra Sharma(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 28, 2016 01:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

Mansa water-tank scam: Sukhbir OSD ‘gets away’

Harendra Sra, officer on special duty to deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, was given a clean chit on Wednesday, barely 24 hours after HT published a report highlighting how the panel members probing water tank scam feared repercussions if their report held him at fault.

Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and OSD Harendra Sra (yellow turban) checking the benches which were distributed during a sangat darshan in Mansa.(HT File Photo)
Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and OSD Harendra Sra (yellow turban) checking the benches which were distributed during a sangat darshan in Mansa.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 27, 2016 12:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

Compensation: Mansa admin struggles to book fake beneficiaries

It seems disbursal of the compensation provided by Punjab government for the loss of cotton crop and land acquisition in Harsimrat Badal’s constituency of Mansa is proving to be its Achilles heel.

Updated on Aug 26, 2016 11:18 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

Mansa AAP youth volunteers take to social media to express their dissent on party policies

A group of young Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers identified as AAP Youth Mansa (AYM) have taken social media route to criticise party policies.

Aam Aadmi Party volunteers identified as AAP Youth Mansa (AYM)(HT Photo)
Aam Aadmi Party volunteers identified as AAP Youth Mansa (AYM)(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 24, 2016 04:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

‘Low-quality’ tanks given by Harsimrat: Panel wary of Sukhbir OSD’s clout

Probe panel says they are clueless as they haven’t been told what to probe

Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and deputy CM’s OSD Harendra Sra.(HT File Photo)
Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and deputy CM’s OSD Harendra Sra.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 22, 2016 08:52 PM IST
By, Mansa

Raksha Bandhan Nightmare: Bribed cops to visit inmates in Mansa jail, allege kin

Raksha Bandhan turned out to be a nightmare for sisters who were visiting their brothers at the Mansa jail to celebrate the festival on Thursday morning. While police claimed to have made proper arrangements, many families alleged that they had to ‘pay’ cops to tie rakhis on their siblings’ wrists.

Visitors had to wait for hours in the scorching heat at the Mansa jail on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Visitors had to wait for hours in the scorching heat at the Mansa jail on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 19, 2016 10:23 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

Eye on ticket, Mansa Cong leaders take social work route to impress high command

It seems that the leaders of Congress party in Mansa have taken social work route to stake claim over the party ticket. Leading the pack is Bikramjit Inder Singh Chahal who was in Mansa on Wednesday. Bikramjit is the son of Bharat Inder Singh Chahal, former media adviser of Captain Amarinder Singh.

Youth Congress leader advocate Gurpreet Singh (centre) repairing broken roads in Mansa.(HT Photo)
Youth Congress leader advocate Gurpreet Singh (centre) repairing broken roads in Mansa.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 18, 2016 02:08 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

Substandard items given in Mansa: No headway in probe ordered by Harsimrat

The probe into the distribution of substandard items in sangat darshan, ordered by union food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal seems to be gaining no headway as the committee members denied of receiving any such orders.

Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal and ADC Harendra Sra (yellow turban) inspecting benches to be distributed in Mansa.(HT Photo)
Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal and ADC Harendra Sra (yellow turban) inspecting benches to be distributed in Mansa.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 12, 2016 12:52 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

Harsimrat in viral video: SGPC members more into politics than religious work

A video going viral on social media and the internet has Union minister and SAD MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal publicly criticising the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for concentrating more on politics than on religious preaching.

Updated on Aug 09, 2016 11:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

AAP a nexus of Biharis out to loot Punjab: Akali youth leader Rozy Barkandi

“Who will trust a party whose members like Bhagwant Mann and Sucha Singh Chhotepur have divergent views over ticket distribution?” Barkandi said. “One of its members Durgesh Pathak has said that the wisdom of Sikhs lies in their turban and beard. This sort of derogatory comment will never earn them the support of youth. It is a nexus of Biharis who will loot the state.”

President of the Youth Akali Dal (YAD) from Malwa zone, Kanwarjit Singh ‘Rozy’ Barkandi, addressing party workers in Mansa on Saturday.(HT Photo)
President of the Youth Akali Dal (YAD) from Malwa zone, Kanwarjit Singh ‘Rozy’ Barkandi, addressing party workers in Mansa on Saturday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 06, 2016 08:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

Mansa administration in denial, sale of illegal liquor flourishes

While the district administration claims to be creating awareness to curb the drug abuse in the region, illegal sale of liquor and harassment by the henchmen of the wine contractors continues to flourish in Mansa. In the last one year around 1,134 cases have been registered in this regard.

In the last one year around 1,134 cases have been registered in this regard.(HT File Photo)
In the last one year around 1,134 cases have been registered in this regard.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 04, 2016 04:48 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Smugglers Promoted To Hamper Rivals’ Business Interest
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