Peeyush Khandelwal

Peeyush Khandelwal

Peeyush Khandelwal writes on a range of issues in western Uttar Pradesh – from crime, to development authorities and from infrastructure to transport. Based in Ghaziabad, he has been a journalist for almost a decade.

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Hapur gang-rape: All three suspects arrested, auto-rickshaw used in crime seized

PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 11:24 PM IST
Ghaziabad: The Hapur police early Saturday arrested three suspects who had allegedly kidnapped a 30-year-old woman travelling in their auto-rickshaw to Pikhuwa and gangraped her
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Hapur gang-rape: Gang leader habitual offender, say cops

By Peeyush Khandelwal, Ghaziabad
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 11:23 PM IST
Soon after the arrest of the three suspects in the Hapur gang-rape case, the police said the modus-operandi was similar to the a few that were committed in the past – a gang would pick up victims from the Lal Kuan intersection at night, overpower them, take them to an isolated place, rob and then release them
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Political parties using farmers’ protest to hold rallies, says BKU leader Rakesh Tikait

PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 11:22 PM IST
Ghaziabad: The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) national spokesperson Rakesh Tikait on Saturday said at UP-Gate that none of the political parties have the “courage” to take out rallies on their own and have to invoke the farmers’ protest for holding meetings
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According to police officials, the incident occurred around 10pm a short distance away from the highway and near a small canal in Hapur.(File photo. Representative image)
According to police officials, the incident occurred around 10pm a short distance away from the highway and near a small canal in Hapur.(File photo. Representative image)

Three men in auto gang-rape GB Nagar woman in Hapur

By Peeyush Khandelwal, S Raju, Meerut, Ghaziabad
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 02:23 AM IST
Police said that the woman works for a jewellery store at a mall in Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram and was heading home to Greater Noida after leaving work around 8:30pm on Wednesday night when the incident occurred.
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Three men in auto gang-rape GB Nagar woman in Hapur

By Peeyush Khandelwal, Ghaziabad
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 11:13 PM IST
Three unidentified men allegedly gangraped a 30-year-old woman on Wednesday night shortly after boarding an auto-rickshaw from Ghaziabad to her home in Gautam Budh Nagar
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Farmers plan cycle march from Kanyakumari to J&K

By Peeyush Khandelwal, Ghaziabad
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 10:58 PM IST
While farmer leaders are taking up panchayats and rallies in different states to garner support for their protest against the Centre’s farm laws, a group of youngsters are cycling to different protest sites at the Delhi border to rope in volunteers for a “cycle march” from Kanyakumari to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K)
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Woman returning home after work raped near Ghaziabad

UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 03:18 PM IST
Three unidentified men allegedly raped a 30-year-old woman in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur district after abducting her from an auto while she was returning home in Gautam Buddha Nagar after work from Ghaziabad late on Wednesday
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Fight against Covid-19 not over, be very cautious: UP govt

By Peeyush Khandelwal, Ghaziabad
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 11:39 PM IST
The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday warned people against complacency in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases in several states in the country
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Tikait to Govt: Be serious about talks on farm laws

By Peeyush Khandelwal, Ghaziabad
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 11:29 PM IST
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Wednesday asked the Union government to send a representative who had the power to resolve issues concerning the farm laws
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Ghaziabad to increase Covid-19 testing by 25%

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 12:03 AM IST
Ghaziabad: Considering the recent spike in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in several states and the re-imposition of stricter restrictions, the district health department in Ghaziabad has decided to ramp up Covid-testing by about 25% as a precautionary measure
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Farmer leader Sardar VM Singh forms new group

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 12:01 AM IST
Ghaziabad: A new group of farmers has emerged under the banner of Uttar Pradesh Kisan Mazdoor Morcha (UPKMM), which has planned to send five messages every day from each of the villages in the state to the Prime Minister
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This time we will go to Parliament, says BKU leader Rakesh Tikait

PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 11:49 PM IST
Ghaziabad: Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Tuesday said to a gathering of farmers in Sikar, Rajasthan that the next march of tractors will be to the Parliament in the national Capital and the date of the call will be given by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM)
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Gathering of crowds changes government, says Rakesh Tikait

PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 11:52 PM IST
Ghaziabad:Taking a dig at Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar’s remark that mere gathering of crowds “does not lead to revocation of laws”, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tiakit on Monday said that the “gathering of crowds changes government”
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Ahead of ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’, AAP leader slams farm laws

PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 10:22 PM IST
Ghaziabad: Terming the Centre’s new farm laws a ‘death warrant’ for farmers, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh on Monday said that the party will try to put pressure on the government for rollback of the three legislations during the proposed ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ in Meerut on February 28 which is to be addressed by Delhi chief minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal
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Tractors can again go to Delhi, if govt makes things difficult: Tikait

UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2021 11:16 PM IST
Ghaziabad: Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Thursday said that farmers and their tractors can again go to Delhi if things “get difficult”
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‘Rail roko’ stir: Farmer groups miss the train in Ghaziabad

PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 11:14 PM IST
Ghaziabad: The four-hour rail roko call given by the farmer unions passed off peacefully in Ghaziabad and Hapur on Thursday
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Ahead of ‘Rail Roko’, Tikait says farmers ready to suffer loss of one crop

By Peeyush Khandelwal, Ghaziabad
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 11:10 PM IST
Leaders of the anti-farm law protest on Wednesday said they will go ahead with the plan to disrupt trains in the country on Thursday
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Will raise farmer issues in West Bengal, says Tikait

PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 11:08 PM IST
Ghaziabad: The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Wednesday reiterated his stand to hold panchayats in poll-bound West Bengal and said that he will raise issues of farmers there
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Activist Disha Ravi was sent to five-day Delhi Police special cell custody, in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI)
Activist Disha Ravi was sent to five-day Delhi Police special cell custody, in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI)

SKM seeks ‘unconditional’ release of activist Disha Ravi, Tikait shies away

UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2021 04:31 AM IST
The SKM in a statement on Sunday had “condemned” Ravi’s arrest and said that “she stood in support of the farmers”.
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Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait addresses farmers during the ongoing farmers' agitation against the three farm laws at Ghazipur border, in New Delhi.(PTI)
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait addresses farmers during the ongoing farmers' agitation against the three farm laws at Ghazipur border, in New Delhi.(PTI)

Government wants to prolong agitation, says Rakesh Tikait

UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2021 04:33 AM IST
Tikait, who was at Uttar Pradesh Gate on Monday, asked the members of the farmers’ committee to make arrangements for summer as small gatherings near the dais would otherwise send wrong signals.
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Poor turnout in Ghaziabad resulting in wastage of Covid-19 vaccine

PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2021 11:43 PM IST
Ghaziabad: Each vaccine vial contains several doses
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A health worker takes a photograph of a police officer with his vaccination card after administering Covid-19 vaccine at a health centre in Greater Noida. (AP)
A health worker takes a photograph of a police officer with his vaccination card after administering Covid-19 vaccine at a health centre in Greater Noida. (AP)

Low turnout for Covid vaccination: Noida, Ghaziabad told to take steps

UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2021 04:41 AM IST
On February 11, the turnout in Ghaziabad district stood at 45.34%, with 1,559 taking the shots out of the day’s target of 3,439. The next day, the turnout fell to 39.41%, with 1,555 getting the shot out of a target of 3,946.
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Farmer unions call on people to not vote for BJP till demands met

By Peeyush Khandelwal, Ghaziabad
PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2021 10:55 PM IST
For the first time, farmer union leaders on Saturday called on people gathered at the UP Gate anti-farm law protest site to not vote for the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) in any election till their demands were met
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Be prepared to march on foot to Delhi, farmer leaders tell supporters

PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2021 10:55 PM IST
Ghaziabad: Farmers’ leaders on Saturday said they are mentally preparing people for a march on foot to Delhi in the future if the government does not accept their demand for the repeal of the three new farm laws and a new law on minimum support price (MSP)
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Police escort Tikait’s car for ‘security’ near UP Gate

PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 11:22 PM IST
Ghaziabad: Farmer leaders at the UP Gate protest site said that on Friday morning an ‘anti-romeo squad’ vehicle of the Ghaziabad police was allegedly seen accompanying the SUV in which Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait was travelling, to attend a farmers’ rally at Bahadurgarh in Haryana
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Ghaziabad records lowest turnout for Covid-19 vaccination

PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 11:13 PM IST
Ghaziabad: The turnout for Covid-19 vaccination in Ghaziabad went down further on Friday with the district recording only 39
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Ghaziabad civic body plans to revise property tax structure

By Peeyush Khandelwal, Ghaziabad
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 11:45 PM IST
The Ghaziabad municipal corporation plans changes to the property tax model linking it to revised rental values and property location
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UP Gate farmers gear up to maintain gathering in absence of Rakesh Tikait

By Peeyush Khandelwal, Ghaziabad
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 11:44 PM IST
At the UP Gater farmers’ protest site, the union leaders are facing an issue: the number of protesters seem to go up whenever Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) national spokesperson Rakesh Tikait was present, but not otherwise
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‘We never said MSP is going away, we are demanding new law on MSP,’ says Rakesh Tikait

PUBLISHED ON FEB 08, 2021 11:42 PM IST
Ghaziabad: Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said Monday that he disagreed with the comments made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rajya Sabha over the issue of minimum support price (MSP)
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Farmers to intensify meetings, hold panchayats in several states

PUBLISHED ON FEB 08, 2021 11:42 PM IST
Ghaziabad: Protesting farmers at UP Gate on Monday said they will now be spreading awareness about their issues and agitation to farmers across the country
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