Pradip Maitra

Pradip Maitra

Pradip has been a journalist for over two decades. He covers the RSS , politics, farmer suicides, issues in the Maoist belt of central India and wildlife. He is based in Nagpur.

Articles by Pradip Maitra
An encounter between Maoists and the elite security force was underway, reports said. File Photo/Representational(HT Photo)
An encounter between Maoists and the elite security force was underway, reports said. File Photo/Representational(HT Photo)

Elite commando injured in landmine blast by Maoists in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli

By Pradip Maitra | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Nagpur
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 04:15 PM IST
  • On February 23, a Maoist camp was destroyed and an ambush against security forces was foiled by police in Gadchiroli district.
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Sanjay Rathod made his public appearance at Pohradevi temple, an important place of worship for the Banjara community, in Washim district. (HT)
Sanjay Rathod made his public appearance at Pohradevi temple, an important place of worship for the Banjara community, in Washim district. (HT)

Shiv Sena minister named in suicide case puts up show of strength, irks Maharashtra govt

By Faisal Malik and Pradip Maitra
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 01:39 AM IST
Rathod is in controversy after a few audio tapes that went viral following a TikTok star’s suicide. BJP alleged that Rathod was in a relationship with the woman and is responsible for her death
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The incident took place at Kapsi-Kopari, an interior village under Ghatanji tehsil of Yavatmal district on Sunday. (Representative Photo: Reuters)
The incident took place at Kapsi-Kopari, an interior village under Ghatanji tehsil of Yavatmal district on Sunday. (Representative Photo: Reuters)

Doctor, 2 others sacked after children given sanitiser instead of polio drops

PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 07:40 PM IST
The services of three persons were terminated on the basis of prima facie evidence, said officials.
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Deputy chief minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar said, “The voters voted in favour of the MVA. Ruling parties fought in cooperation and it resulted in the combined victory."(HT File Photo)
Deputy chief minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar said, “The voters voted in favour of the MVA. Ruling parties fought in cooperation and it resulted in the combined victory."(HT File Photo)

MVA gains, but BJP may emerge as largest party in Maha panchayat polls

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 12:27 AM IST
The BJP won about 2,600 gram panchayats, followed by the Sena, which won 2,570 of the 11,800 panchayats whose results were declared late on Monday evening. The NCP and Congress bagged 2,400 and 1,825 panchayats respectively, while local panels and independents won over 2,335 panchayats.
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Dr Pramod Khandate, civil surgeon of Bhandara district, said a fire broke out in the Sick Newborn Care Unit around 2am on Saturday.(PTI)
Dr Pramod Khandate, civil surgeon of Bhandara district, said a fire broke out in the Sick Newborn Care Unit around 2am on Saturday.(PTI)

Fire breaks out at hospital in Maharashtra, 10 infants dead

By Pradip Maitra, Faisal Malik, Nagpur, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 01:41 AM IST
Parents of the deceased children, meanwhile, were struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.
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Swarm of locusts seen above a field in Damoh district of Madhya Pradesh.(PTI Photo)
Swarm of locusts seen above a field in Damoh district of Madhya Pradesh.(PTI Photo)

The locust menace close to Bihar in east, Karnataka, Andhra and Telangana in south, 16 states warned

By Sudhir Kumar/Pradip Maitra and Vishal Joshi | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Varanasi/Nagpur/Bathinda
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2020 11:55 PM IST
The locusts next destinations will be determined by the wind direction.
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PILs against me have no merit, dismiss them: Ajit Pawar

By Ketaki Ghoge and Pradip Maitra, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2020 12:38 AM IST
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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar said that President’s Rule would not continue for long and no or fresh elections will be held(PTI)
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar said that President’s Rule would not continue for long and no or fresh elections will be held(PTI)

It will be a Sena-NCP-Congress govt for 5 years, says Sharad Pawar

By Faisal Malik and Pradip Maitra | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2020 08:56 PM IST
Sharad Pawar, who was on a visit to Nagpur to take stock of the damage to crops after unseasonal rains, dismissed any threat to the new political alliance after the BJP failed to submit its claim of forming a government.
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Forest officers were unable to rescue the animal on Wednesday, but will resume operations on Thursday morning.(HT Photo)
Forest officers were unable to rescue the animal on Wednesday, but will resume operations on Thursday morning.(HT Photo)

After being trapped between rocks for over 40 hours, Chandrapur tiger dies

By Pradip Maitra | Hindustan Times, Nagpur
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2019 06:04 AM IST
The tiger, apparently from Tadoba tiger reserve, had jumped into Sirna river, near Kunada village, after making a kill and got spinal injuries, according to the forest officials.
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PM insulting hard work of your forefathers: Rahul

By Faisal Malik and Pradip Maitra, Wardha/yavatmal
PUBLISHED ON OCT 16, 2019 12:06 AM IST
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Being born in a Caesarean section negatively affects a baby's ability to focus on a particular area of interest, says a new study.(File Photo)
Being born in a Caesarean section negatively affects a baby's ability to focus on a particular area of interest, says a new study.(File Photo)

Hospital staffers didn’t respond to her cries. Woman delivers her own baby

By Pradip Maitra | Hindustan Times, Nagpur
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2019 09:58 PM IST
According to her relatives, her labour pains started on Sunday evening and she was taken to delivery ward. But when the pains eased, the doctors left the ward.
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Suresh Dhanorkar(HT FILE)
Suresh Dhanorkar(HT FILE)

Giant killer Suresh Dhanorkar: Congress’s lone MP from Maharashtra

By Pradip Maitra | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON MAY 25, 2019 01:18 AM IST
He defeated four-time Chandrapur MP Hansraj Ahir by a margin of 44,763 votes
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Nitin Gadkari holds the portfolios of road transport and highways; shipping; and water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation ministries.(Sanjeev Verma/HT File Photo)
Nitin Gadkari holds the portfolios of road transport and highways; shipping; and water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation ministries.(Sanjeev Verma/HT File Photo)

Union minister Nitin Gadkari stressed on family first. He explains why

By Pradip Maitra | Hindustan Times, Nagpur
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2019 01:15 AM IST
Union minister Nitin Gadkari has added a clarificatory note to his “family first” comment. In an interview on Sunday, the senior BJP leader explained that his advice to party workers not to ignore their responsibility towards their family to let them be honest.
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Devotees in queues inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, India, October 18, 2018.(REUTERS)
Devotees in queues inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, India, October 18, 2018.(REUTERS)

SC verdict on Sabarimala has given rise to unrest, says RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

By Pradip Maitra | Hindustan Times, Nagpur
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2018 01:26 PM IST
Commenting on the SC verdict on Sabarimala issue, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said that the version of heads of religious denominations and faith of crores of devotees were not taken into account.
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A display of Brahmos missile at the DefExpo 2018, on the outskirts Chennai on April 11.(AFP File Photo)
A display of Brahmos missile at the DefExpo 2018, on the outskirts Chennai on April 11.(AFP File Photo)

BrahMos Aerospace engineer arrested for allegedly leaking information to Pakistan

By Pradip Maitra | Hindustan Times, Nagpur
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2018 07:58 AM IST
Nishant Agrawal is a senior system engineer with Brahmos Aerospace, a joint venture of DRDO and Russia’s Military Industrial Consortium (NPO Mashinostroyenia) that works on India’s supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from launched from land, air, sea and under water.
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The Bombay high court directed the ministries concerned to set up a pre-screening committee for curbing crudity, sexual or unsavoury language, vulgar actions, nudity, sex and immodesty on web series before they are released.(Getty Images/Picture for representation)
The Bombay high court directed the ministries concerned to set up a pre-screening committee for curbing crudity, sexual or unsavoury language, vulgar actions, nudity, sex and immodesty on web series before they are released.(Getty Images/Picture for representation)

Set up pre-screening body to curb nudity, vulgarity in web series: Bombay high court

By Pradip Maitra | Hindustan Times, Nagpur, Nagpur
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2018 08:37 AM IST
The Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court on Friday took strong exception to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar and other Internet channels broadcasting web series showing pornographic contents, crudity, sexual or derogatory language, besides violence of various degrees.
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Former Union minister P Chidambaram in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Former Union minister P Chidambaram in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

‘No thing as urban Naxalism, they’re Left-wing intellectuals’: Chidambaram

By Pradip Maitra | Hindustan Times, Nagpur
PUBLISHED ON SEP 02, 2018 12:08 AM IST
The senior Congress leader, who was in Nagpur on Saturday, said that he did not agree with that term (Urban Naxalite) and would answer the question only when it was replaced.
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People hold placards as they participate in a protest against the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua near Jammu, and a teenager in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh state, in Mumbai, India, April 15, 2018.(Reuters File)
People hold placards as they participate in a protest against the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua near Jammu, and a teenager in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh state, in Mumbai, India, April 15, 2018.(Reuters File)

Two NCP leaders booked for sharing gang rape victim’s name, photo on social media

By Pradip Maitra | Hindustan Times, Nagpur
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2018 02:59 PM IST
Alka Kamble, president of Nagpur unit of NCP women’s wing, along with a couple of senior party activists, went to meet the gang rape survivor at Umred on Saturday, took photographs with her and posted them on social media, along with her name.
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Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna activists protest at Shiradhon Village in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, on Monday.(PTI photo)
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna activists protest at Shiradhon Village in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, on Monday.(PTI photo)

Supply to be hit as milk spilled on roads, tankers damaged during farmers’ strike in Maharashtra

By Faisal Malik & Pradip Maitra | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2018 01:57 PM IST
Mumbai was largely unaffected on Monday, but might face shortage from today, if the protest continues.
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Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis(HT Photo)
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis(HT Photo)

Devendra Fadnavis orders stays on Navi Mumbai land sale till probe report

By Pradip Maitra and Surendra Gangan | Hindustan Times, Mumbai/nagpur
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2018 12:51 AM IST
Opposition alleged a land scam involving BJP legislator Prasad Lad and demanded Fadnavis’ resignation.
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Former president Pranab Mukherjee with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat at the closing ceremony of ‘Tritiya Varsha Sangh Shiksha Varg’, in Nagpur on Thursday.(PTI Photo)
Former president Pranab Mukherjee with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat at the closing ceremony of ‘Tritiya Varsha Sangh Shiksha Varg’, in Nagpur on Thursday.(PTI Photo)

Pranab Mukherjee, in speech at RSS event, underlines importance of tolerance in India

By Pradip Maitra and Saubhadra Chatterji | Hindustan Times, Nagpur
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2018 03:31 PM IST
Pranab Mukherjee in his speech at an RSS function in Nagpur said that India’s national identity is of assimilation.
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Former President Pranab Mukherjee being greeted by RSS functionaries upon his arrival at Nagpur.(HT Photo)
Former President Pranab Mukherjee being greeted by RSS functionaries upon his arrival at Nagpur.(HT Photo)

Pranab Mukherjee arrives in Nagpur today to attend RSS event

By Pradip Maitra | Hindustan Times, Nagpur
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2018 07:14 PM IST
The valedictory function of the RSS’s third-year officers’ training camp will be held on Thursday evening. Certain sections of the Congress have opposed the former president’s decision to accept an invite to the event because they believe it serves to legitimise the Hindutva fountainhead.
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The students at the base camp before beginning their ascend
The students at the base camp before beginning their ascend

Four teens from Maharashtra become first tribal students to scale Mount Everest

By Pradip Maitra | Hindustan Times, Nagpur
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2018 05:38 PM IST
The four are part of Mission Shaurya, a 10-member expedition made up of tribal students from the state’s Chandrapur district.
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Maoists train in a forested area at Dumariya block in Gaya district recently.(AP File)
Maoists train in a forested area at Dumariya block in Gaya district recently.(AP File)

Maoists vow to avenge death of 40 comrades in Gadchiroli encounters

By Pradip Maitra | Hindustan Times, Nagpur
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2018 08:37 PM IST
Left-wing extremists put up posters across south Gadchiroli claiming they would avenge the “murder” of their comrades in what was “clearly a violation of human rights”.
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Bodies of Maoists, who were killed by security forces, being taken for postmortem at Gadchiroli in Maharashtra.(PTI)
Bodies of Maoists, who were killed by security forces, being taken for postmortem at Gadchiroli in Maharashtra.(PTI)

Inquiry ordered in killing of 40 Maoists in Gadchiroli district

By Pradip Maitra | Hindustan Times, Nagpur
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2018 10:49 PM IST
Six Maoists were killed in Nainer jungle near Jimalgatta on April 23 and a total of 18 more bodies were recovered from Indravati river near Rela-Kasnasur jungle in the same region where 16 rebels had died in an operation by security forces on April 22.
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Three among the five injured are said to be critical.(Photo for representation)
Three among the five injured are said to be critical.(Photo for representation)

10 of marriage party die after vehicle collides with truck in Maharashtra

By Pradip Maitra | Hindustan Times, Nagpur, Nagpur
PUBLISHED ON MAY 01, 2018 12:38 PM IST
Locals nab truck driver, block road in protest.
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Gadchiroli police officials address a press conference after carrying out an encounter with Maoists on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)
Gadchiroli police officials address a press conference after carrying out an encounter with Maoists on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)

Team behind Gadchiroli anti-Maoist ops was trained by Andhra’s Greyhounds

By Pradip Maitra | Hindustan Times, Nagpur
PUBLISHED ON APR 24, 2018 11:11 PM IST
The men of this wing were trained in various aspects of guerrilla warfare by reputed training institutes such as the School of Jungle Warfare.
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Alka and Jayashree, wife and daughter of farmer Shankar Bhaurao Chawre who committed suicide in Yavatmal in Maharashtra.(HT Photo)
Alka and Jayashree, wife and daughter of farmer Shankar Bhaurao Chawre who committed suicide in Yavatmal in Maharashtra.(HT Photo)

Debt-ridden farmer commits suicide in Maharashtra, blames Modi govt in note

By Pradip Maitra | Hindustan Times, Nagpur
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2018 01:36 PM IST
Shankar Bhaurao Chawre consumed pesticide as he was frustrated due to the red bollworm attack on his cotton crop and the liabilities arising out of his children’s educational expenses and family obligations.
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