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

Politics over loudspeakers in mosques is wrong, says union minister Athawale

Union minister Ramdas Athawale objected to the effort to stop mosques from using loudspeakers for azaan, saying it should not be banned
Minister of social justice and empowerment Ramdas Athawale said muslims had been using loudspeakers for azaan for years. (Satish Bate/HT File Photo)
Minister of social justice and empowerment Ramdas Athawale said muslims had been using loudspeakers for azaan for years. (Satish Bate/HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 19, 2022 08:22 PM IST
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Politicians and liquor: A unique blend

Opposition to wine sale reeks of double-standards considering that leaders across party lines have substantial stakes in the industry, from producing spirit and alcohol to its manufacturing and sale
However, the opposition reeks of double-standards considering that leaders across party lines have substantial stakes in the industry, from producing spirit and alcohol (Vijay Bate)
However, the opposition reeks of double-standards considering that leaders across party lines have substantial stakes in the industry, from producing spirit and alcohol (Vijay Bate)
Updated on Feb 07, 2022 11:40 PM IST
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ByDhaval Kulkarni and Pradip Maitra

RSS Nagpur HQ on alert after terrorist admits to conducting recce, say police

Nagpur police commissioner Amitesh Kumar confirmed detention of the terrorist, who is a local Kashmiri, and visited RSS headquarters with senior police personnel on Friday to take stock of the security arrangements.
The alert was sounded after the recent arrest in Kashmir of a terrorist , who, during interrogation, spoke of some members of the group conducting a reconnaissance of some buildings in Nagpur. (HT Archive)
The alert was sounded after the recent arrest in Kashmir of a terrorist , who, during interrogation, spoke of some members of the group conducting a reconnaissance of some buildings in Nagpur. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jan 07, 2022 11:59 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Communal sentiments raked up for BJP’s benefit: Sharad Pawar

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) referring to the recent communal unrest in Amravati. He said there is also suspicion that communal sentiments were raked up to take their benefits in the assembly elections scheduled in a few states, which needs to be thoroughly investigated
NCP chief Sharad Pawar said there is also suspicion that communal sentiments were raked up for BJP’s benefits in the assembly elections scheduled in a few states. (Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
NCP chief Sharad Pawar said there is also suspicion that communal sentiments were raked up for BJP’s benefits in the assembly elections scheduled in a few states. (Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 17, 2021 11:12 PM IST
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ByPradip Maitra and Faisal Malik, Mumbai

Top Maoist Teltumbde killed in Saturday’s op

Teltumbde, who carried a reward of 50 lakh, was instrumental in building the Maoist movement in the state, along with Gondia, Balaghat and Mandla regions in Madhya Pradesh and the Rajnandgaon region in Chhattisgarh, over the last two decades.
Nearly 100 Maoists rained bullets at the commandos when the gun battle broke out around 6.30am on Saturday(Vikas Tiwari/ HT Photo)
Nearly 100 Maoists rained bullets at the commandos when the gun battle broke out around 6.30am on Saturday(Vikas Tiwari/ HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 15, 2021 12:30 AM IST
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By, , Hindustan Times, Raipur/ Nagpur

Policemen gun down 26 Maoists in Maharashtra

People aware of the developments said that four police officials were seriously injured in the gunbattle that lasted for about 10 hours, and were airlifted to Orange City Hospital in Nagpur for treatment.
Medical staff treat injured police personnel at Orange City Hospital. At least 26 naxals were killed in an encounter with police in eastern Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district. Four police personnel were also seriously injured in the action and were taken to for treatment, in Nagpur. (HT PHOTO)
Medical staff treat injured police personnel at Orange City Hospital. At least 26 naxals were killed in an encounter with police in eastern Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district. Four police personnel were also seriously injured in the action and were taken to for treatment, in Nagpur. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 14, 2021 04:39 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Nagpur

After fresh violence, curfew imposed, internet suspended in Amravati

BJP had called for a bandh against the violence that had occurred in Amravati during another protest which was called by some Muslim organisations on Friday over reports of a mosque in Tripura being vandalised
Amravati’s acting commissioner of police Sandip Patil said essential services would be exempted during the curfew. Patil was prompted to announce the indefinite curfew after a fresh spell of violence rocked the city on Saturday afternoon when several shops were set afire in Rajapeth and Namuna areas and crowds damaged public and private properties. (HT )
Amravati’s acting commissioner of police Sandip Patil said essential services would be exempted during the curfew. Patil was prompted to announce the indefinite curfew after a fresh spell of violence rocked the city on Saturday afternoon when several shops were set afire in Rajapeth and Namuna areas and crowds damaged public and private properties. (HT )
Updated on Nov 14, 2021 03:38 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Nagpur

‘Be ready for all possibilities:’ RSS chief Bhagwat on Taliban talks

The RSS is the ideological fount of the BJP and the annual Vijayadashami speech of its sarsangchalak (delivered on Dusherra day) are closely followed by analysts and experts to understand issues that could become priorities for the government in the future
RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat (PTI)
RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat (PTI)
Updated on Oct 16, 2021 02:48 AM IST
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By, , Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Activist writes to ED, I-T dept for probe into RSS funding

The complainant, Mohnish Jabalpure, sought to understand how it managed to generate huge amounts of funds
Senior RSS functionary Arvind Kukde said the organisation would respond whenever it receives any summons. (Representational photo/HT)
Senior RSS functionary Arvind Kukde said the organisation would respond whenever it receives any summons. (Representational photo/HT)
Published on Sep 30, 2021 02:52 AM IST
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By, Nagpur

4 of farmers’ family killed near Nagpur in Maharashtra

Police said the farmers’ family members were killed by sharp weapons at around midnight and their bodies were first found by neighbours the next day at around 11am
Maharashtra Police said prima facie, enmity appeared to be the motive behind the brutal murder of the farmers’ family. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Maharashtra Police said prima facie, enmity appeared to be the motive behind the brutal murder of the farmers’ family. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Sep 21, 2021 03:30 PM IST
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Khairlanji episode: Caste divide cemented by brutality from 15 years ago

Khairlanji (Maharashtra): In September 2006, Khairlanji was just another village in Maharashtra’s Bhandara, its 700 strong populace fairly nondescript
Khairlanji episode: Caste divide cemented by brutality from 15 years ago. (HT Photo)
Khairlanji episode: Caste divide cemented by brutality from 15 years ago. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 16, 2021 04:07 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Khairlanji

RSS-affiliated farmers’ group plans nationwide protest on Sept 8

The Sangh outfit said the Narendra Modi government should either bring new legislation or make changes in the farm laws enacted last year to add a provision for the payment of minimum support price (MSP) for major farm produce in the country.
The Bharatiya Kisan Sangh a section of the farm leaders deviated from farmers’ interest for their personal agenda.(HT Photo)
The Bharatiya Kisan Sangh a section of the farm leaders deviated from farmers’ interest for their personal agenda.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 20, 2021 06:11 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Nagpur

ED raids hotel as part of its probe against NCP’s Deshmukh

The raids came a day after the central agency conducted searches at the Nagpur Institute of Technology (NIT), run by Shri Sai Shikshan Sanstha headed by Deshmukh in Fetri, and seized some documents, the minister’s personal secretary confirmed.
Former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh(HT File Photo)
Former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh(HT File Photo)
Published on Aug 08, 2021 03:54 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Nagpur

Reliance on RAT in rural Maha indicates caseload may be higher

Shortly after receiving his first dose of the vaccine Ravindra Khaire, a pharmacist from the small town of Ramtek in Nagpur district, began to exhibit symptoms of the coronavirus disease: a persistent cough, low-grade fever and body ache
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Updated on Jun 03, 2021 12:44 AM IST
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ByPradip Maitra, Jyoti Shelar and Steffi Thevar, Nagpur/mumbai/pune

13 Maoists killed by forces in Gadchiroli encounter

The exchange of fire took place at around 5.30 am after around 200 jawans of the elite C-60 anti-Maoist squad conducted raids based on a tip-off that the local Maoist squad was trying to organise a meeting with villagers and tendu leaf contractors over wages for collection of tendu leaves.
Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Wadse Patil along with top police officials addresses a press conference regarding the encounter of 13 naxals by C60 commandos at Paidi forest near Etapalli in Gadchiroli. (PTI)
Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Wadse Patil along with top police officials addresses a press conference regarding the encounter of 13 naxals by C60 commandos at Paidi forest near Etapalli in Gadchiroli. (PTI)
Published on May 22, 2021 02:24 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Mumbai

Oxygen Express reaches Nagpur, 3 tankers unloaded

Indian Railways’ first Oxygen Express reached Nagpur in Maharashtra on Friday evening
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Published on Apr 24, 2021 12:10 AM IST
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ByAroosa Ahmed and Pradip Maitra, Mumbai

Devendra Fadnavis under fire as 22-year-old nephew gets Covid-19 jab

After the photos were widely shared on social media, several leaders questioned how the 22-year-old received the vaccine since only frontline or health care workers, and those over the age of 45 are eligible to receive the doses.
BJP leader and former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis.(PTI Photo)
BJP leader and former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Apr 20, 2021 01:45 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Nagpur

Nagpur hospitals discharge patients early to admit others

As the second Covid wave sweeps Nagpur causing an unprecedented spurt in cases and mortalities, the city is also reeling under an equally unprecedented shortage of hospital beds
It is even alleged that two Covid patients were made to share a bed, reflecting the frightening reality of the bed crisis.
It is even alleged that two Covid patients were made to share a bed, reflecting the frightening reality of the bed crisis.
Published on Apr 14, 2021 12:39 AM IST
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By, Nagpur

4 dead in massive blaze at Nagpur's Covid-19 hospital

According to people familiar with developments, around 27 patients at the hospital have been shifted to the government-run medical college and hospital and Indira Gandhi Medical College in a critical condition.
Four fire tenders were rushed to the spot and it took an hour to bring the fire under control.(HT Photo)
Four fire tenders were rushed to the spot and it took an hour to bring the fire under control.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 10, 2021 02:58 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Nagpur

Covid 19: Baba Amte's Anandwan ashram declared containment zone

  • Around 100 to 150 people in Anandwan were being tested every day since March first week, said a district official.
Anandwan inmates are specially vulnerable to Covid-19 infection as they follow community living, said an official.(sourced photo)
Anandwan inmates are specially vulnerable to Covid-19 infection as they follow community living, said an official.(sourced photo)
Published on Mar 11, 2021 08:20 AM IST
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By | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Nagpur

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

  • On February 23, a Maoist camp was destroyed and an ambush against security forces was foiled by police in Gadchiroli district.
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)
Updated on Mar 05, 2021 04:15 PM IST
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By | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Nagpur

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

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
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)
Updated on Feb 24, 2021 01:39 AM IST
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ByFaisal Malik and Pradip Maitra

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

The services of three persons were terminated on the basis of prima facie evidence, said officials.
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)
Published on Feb 03, 2021 07:40 PM IST
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MVA gains, but BJP may emerge as largest party in Maha panchayat polls

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.
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.
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)
Published on Jan 19, 2021 12:27 AM IST
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Fire breaks out at hospital in Maharashtra, 10 infants dead

Parents of the deceased children, meanwhile, were struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.
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)
Published on Jan 10, 2021 01:41 AM IST
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By, , Nagpur, Mumbai

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

The locusts next destinations will be determined by the wind direction.
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)
Updated on May 28, 2020 11:55 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Varanasi/Nagpur/Bathinda | BySudhir Kumar/Pradip Maitra and Vishal Joshi | Edited by Abhinav Sahay

PILs against me have no merit, dismiss them: Ajit Pawar

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Published on Jan 15, 2020 12:38 AM IST
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ByKetaki Ghoge and Pradip Maitra, Mumbai

ACB files new affidavit over Pawar clean chit

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Published on Dec 24, 2019 11:50 PM IST
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Gadkari bats for CAA, accuses Cong of spreading misinformation

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Published on Dec 23, 2019 12:51 AM IST
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It will be a Sena-NCP-Congress govt for 5 years, says Sharad Pawar

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.
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)
Updated on Jul 27, 2020 08:56 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByFaisal Malik and Pradip Maitra
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