Prawesh Lama

Prawesh Lama covers crime, policing, and issues of security in Delhi. Raised in Darjeeling, educated in Mumbai, he also looks at special features on social welfare in the National Capital.

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Shraddha Walkar murder: DNA tests, 55 witnesses, cell phone logs in police case

A mix of forensic and electronic evidence along with the testimonies of 55 people is likely to form the core of Delhi Police’s prosecution of the accused Aaftab Poonawala, according to officials who cited details from a draft charge sheet

 Aaftab Poonawala has been accused of murdering his girlfriend Shraddha Walkar and getting rid of her body piece by piece.(File)
Aaftab Poonawala has been accused of murdering his girlfriend Shraddha Walkar and getting rid of her body piece by piece.(File)
Updated on Jan 22, 2023 12:16 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Women who met Sukesh Chandrashekhar describes his fancy life in Tihar jail: Cops

One of the women who met Sukesh Chandrashekhar in Tihar jail said she was made to believe that he was a prominent media baron

Sukesh Chandrashekhar faces multiple cases of cheating people. (HT File Photo)
Sukesh Chandrashekhar faces multiple cases of cheating people. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 20, 2023 07:03 PM IST

Aaftab used a saw to chop Shraddha’s body, shows autopsy report

HT had on November 18 reported that police found a saw from Poonawala’s house, and said that it could have been one of the weapons used to chop Walkar’s body.

Aaftab Poonawala had taken police teams to different places around Qutub Minar and Chhattarpur where the decomposed bones were found. (HT Photo)
Aaftab Poonawala had taken police teams to different places around Qutub Minar and Chhattarpur where the decomposed bones were found. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 14, 2023 11:28 PM IST

A year on, probe into IED at Ghazipur market at dead end

Even today, police teams visit their informers in Old Seemapuri, once in a while, hoping to find clues about the two suspected bombers. No resident in this densely populated locality claims to have seen the two men in the past year.

On January 14 last year, an unclaimed black bag was found lying outside the Ghazipur flower market early morning. The bag contained a power Improved Explosive Device (IED). (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
On January 14 last year, an unclaimed black bag was found lying outside the Ghazipur flower market early morning. The bag contained a power Improved Explosive Device (IED). (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 15, 2023 04:03 AM IST

Tihar officials reshuffled in bid to rein in controversies

At least 57 deputy and assistant superintendents posted in Delhi’s jails were transferred on Saturday, as Sanjay Baniwal, the new director general, seeks to overhaul prison management in the wake of multiple controversies reported last year

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HT Image
Published on Jan 08, 2023 11:09 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Bharat Jodo Yatra to march through areas hit by Feb 2020 riots

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will resume his Bharat Jodo Yatra on January 3 from Delhi’s Yamuna Bazar, and his rally will pass through different parts of north-east Delhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi waves to supporters while leading his Bharat Jodo Yatra towards Ashram on December 24. (Raj K Raj/HT)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi waves to supporters while leading his Bharat Jodo Yatra towards Ashram on December 24. (Raj K Raj/HT)
Updated on Dec 31, 2022 08:32 AM IST

Blood samples found in Aaftab's flat are Shraddha’s: Forensic report

The laboratory report — which matched traces taken from the flat with blood samples taken from Shraddha Walkar’s father — is admissible in court as evidence and establishes police’s claim that the scene of the alleged crime was one-bedroom rented flat in Chhattarpur where the couple lived.

Aaftab Poonawala, 28, allegedly killed his girlfriend Shraddha Walkar, 27, at their flat in south Delhi’s Chhatarpur Pahadi on May 18 this year. (ANI)
Aaftab Poonawala, 28, allegedly killed his girlfriend Shraddha Walkar, 27, at their flat in south Delhi’s Chhatarpur Pahadi on May 18 this year. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 23, 2022 04:44 AM IST

Sandeep Goel, blamed for Satyendar Jain’s prison ‘privileges’, suspended

Sandeep Goel’s suspension order was issued by MHA late on Wednesday following a report by a three-member committee of bureaucrats to probe allegations that minister Satyendar Jain was being given special treatment at Tihar

Delhi lieutenant governor VK Saxena set up a committee of three top bureaucrats after transferring Goel to Delhi Police to probe alleged violation of prison rules by AAP minister Satyendar Jain (HT File Photo/Vipin Kumar)
Delhi lieutenant governor VK Saxena set up a committee of three top bureaucrats after transferring Goel to Delhi Police to probe alleged violation of prison rules by AAP minister Satyendar Jain (HT File Photo/Vipin Kumar)
Updated on Dec 22, 2022 12:56 PM IST

Shraddha Walkar murder: Aaftab refusing to meet family in jail, say Tihar staff

“Officers observed that he hardly talks to his fellow inmates. He spends time reading in his cell... He said he does not wish to meet or speak to anyone,” said a jail official.

Shraddha Walkar's murder accused Aaftab Poonawala (ANI)
Shraddha Walkar's murder accused Aaftab Poonawala (ANI)
Updated on Dec 21, 2022 04:59 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi: 8 cellphones, 8 knives seized at Mandoli Jail during late-night raid

The prison headquarters had received information about the use of phones and prisoners concealing weapons in sub-jails 12 and 13 inside Mandoli.

Senior prison officers said this is the first time in recent years that such a large-scale raid was conducted. (HT Photo)
Senior prison officers said this is the first time in recent years that such a large-scale raid was conducted. (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 19, 2022 11:45 PM IST

LG’s panel points out gaps in Delhi jails management

According to officials privy to the details of the report, the panel has pointed out that though other parts of the jail are monitored by CCTV cameras, the offices of the superintendent and deputy superintendent are “dark spots” and may turn out to be a “hub of illegal activities”

CCTV footage from Tihar jail shows then Tihar Jail superintendent interacting with Delhi minister Satyendar Jain inside his prison cell. (ANI)
CCTV footage from Tihar jail shows then Tihar Jail superintendent interacting with Delhi minister Satyendar Jain inside his prison cell. (ANI)
Published on Dec 12, 2022 11:50 PM IST

Delhi Police to collect jailed gangster Lawrence Bishnoi’s voice sample

While tracking calls made and received on a mobile number that was being used by an Indian Mujahideen terrorist lodged in Tihar, officers discovered that Bishnoi, a fellow inmate, allegedly used that number between April and May to phone his accomplices in Punjab and Canada. The same phone was used to plan the murder of Sidhu Moosewala, police said

The National Investigation Agency had arrested Lawrence Bishnoi in a case related to the alleged conspiracy to carry out terror strikes in Delhi and other parts of India. (HT Archive)
The National Investigation Agency had arrested Lawrence Bishnoi in a case related to the alleged conspiracy to carry out terror strikes in Delhi and other parts of India. (HT Archive)
Published on Dec 09, 2022 11:53 PM IST

Tussle on the cards? Delhi LG Saxena summons Tihar jail chief for review

The meeting is significant for three reasons. First, this is the first time in recent years that the LG held a “security review” meeting; second it took place in the backdrop of recent alleged jail rule violations involving Delhi minister Satyendar Jain, and lastly, the government had last week said the LG’s decision to form a committee to probe jail violation was unconstitutional

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena.(Ayush Sharma)
Delhi Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena.(Ayush Sharma)
Updated on Dec 10, 2022 03:38 AM IST

Shraddha Walkar murder: DNA analysis of recovered bones to be out this week

‘Officials at the forensic laboratory informally told us that they will give us the results anytime this week. The test results will either be a big breakthrough or could be a setback. We have our fingers crossed,’ said an officer aware of the development.

Shraddha Walkar was allegedly strangled by her live-in partner Aaftab Poonawala. (PTI)
Shraddha Walkar was allegedly strangled by her live-in partner Aaftab Poonawala. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 06, 2022 08:20 AM IST

Fire engulfs part of Bhagirath Palace market in Delhi

A fire broke out at the popular Bhagirath Palace market in Chandni Chowk late on Thursday night, with at least 30 tenders pressed into service to douse the blaze

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Published on Nov 24, 2022 11:56 PM IST

3 officials at AAP minister Satyendar Jain’s cell suspended, say prison staff

The transfer and suspension of prison officials have come in the backdrop of allegations by the ED that Jain received special treatment in jail, including face, leg and back massages, access to home-cooked food, and meeting visitors in his cell

A CCTV video shows jailed Delhi Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Satyendar Jain getting a head massage inside Tihar Jail, in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI)
A CCTV video shows jailed Delhi Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Satyendar Jain getting a head massage inside Tihar Jail, in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on Nov 20, 2022 07:14 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi murder: Saw found at flat, could hold vital clue, say sleuths

A second officer aware of developments said Poonawala told police that he strangled his partner, Shraddha Walkar, in a fit of rage on the evening of May 18 after a fight over their moving to Delhi from Maharashtra.

Aaftab Amin Poonawala, accused to have murdered his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar, being brought to the Mehrauli forest area, in New Delhi, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. (PTI)
Aaftab Amin Poonawala, accused to have murdered his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar, being brought to the Mehrauli forest area, in New Delhi, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 18, 2022 04:33 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Cash-for-ticket row: AAP MLA summoned after arrest of his three aides

MLA Akhilesh Tripathi has been summoned to ACB headquarters on Thursday noon and the other MLA whose name has surfaced in the probe will also be summoned later

On Wednesday morning, the Delhi anti-corruption branch (ACB) announced arrest of three men. (File image | Representative)
On Wednesday morning, the Delhi anti-corruption branch (ACB) announced arrest of three men. (File image | Representative)
Published on Nov 16, 2022 02:48 PM IST

Call on hold: 2 phones stuck in inmate’s stomach since March

The prisoner told jail officers he had swallowed four cell phones 6-7 months ago to smuggle them into the prison, but had not been able to take them out.

This March, Raman Saini, a prisoner in Tihar jail, ingested four cellphones to smuggle into prison. Doctors were able to remove two in September, with Saini now facing a harrowing wait. (Representative image)
This March, Raman Saini, a prisoner in Tihar jail, ingested four cellphones to smuggle into prison. Doctors were able to remove two in September, with Saini now facing a harrowing wait. (Representative image)
Published on Nov 14, 2022 02:46 AM IST
ByPrawesh Lama and Soumya Pillai

ACB seeks cancellation of bail to MLA Amanatullah in Waqf board

The ACB, in a petition dated November 1, said that the investigation in the case is still continuing, and given Khan’s clout and influence, there were chances that he could hamper the investigation in the case

ACB seeks cancellation of bail to MLA Amanatullah in Waqf board
ACB seeks cancellation of bail to MLA Amanatullah in Waqf board
Updated on Nov 11, 2022 01:50 AM IST

Conman Chandrashekhar cites threat to life, seeks transfer to jail outside Delhi

Sukesh Chandrashekhar is lodged in the Mandoli jail, which comes under the Delhi government’s jurisdiction

Chandrashekhar is lodged in Mandoli jail. (HT PHOTO)
Chandrashekhar is lodged in Mandoli jail. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 10, 2022 03:44 PM IST

Delhi Police begin prep for G20 events to be held from December in Capital

Delhi Police officers said that among the several topics discussed during the meeting was how to deal with protesters, for which they analysed protests at previously held G20 summits in other countries

Police said the department will focus on the preparedness and handling of security in New Delhi area. (Representative image)
Police said the department will focus on the preparedness and handling of security in New Delhi area. (Representative image)
Published on Oct 11, 2022 11:53 PM IST

Delhi rape: Police officers list similarities with Dec 16 gang rape incident

Delhi Police officers probing the horrific sexual assault of the 10-year-old boy, who died at a city hospital on Saturday, said the case had some chilling similarities with the December 16, 2012 Delhi gang rape case.

On the evening of December 16, 2012, a 23-year-old paramedic student was gang raped and beaten inside a bus by five men and one 17-year-old boy. (HT Photo)
On the evening of December 16, 2012, a 23-year-old paramedic student was gang raped and beaten inside a bus by five men and one 17-year-old boy. (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 01, 2022 11:41 PM IST

Three PFI offices sealed in Shaheen Bagh, Jamia Nagar

Police probe in the role of PFI has revealed that the group set up their offices in different parts of the city, especially in places which have a history of riots such as Trilokpuri and northeast Delhi. 32 members of PFI and SDPI were arrested on Tuesday

The Popular Front of India (PFI ) office at Shaheen Bagh, in New Delhi that was sealed by the security agencies on Wednesday. (Salman Ali/HT Photo)
The Popular Front of India (PFI ) office at Shaheen Bagh, in New Delhi that was sealed by the security agencies on Wednesday. (Salman Ali/HT Photo)
Published on Sep 30, 2022 12:03 AM IST

The ‘quick road’ to catching gangsters in north Delhi’s Rohini

From gangsters to vehicle thieves, arms smugglers to drug peddlers, Delhi Police arrested at least 30 known criminals from the road in the last two years, showed the force’s records analysed by HT, prompting experts to question why so many lawbreakers would use this fraught route so often

Records seen by HT show at least 25 wanted fugitives have been arrested in the last two years. To be sure, these are only cases of arrest shared by police. The actual number could be more. (Representative image)
Records seen by HT show at least 25 wanted fugitives have been arrested in the last two years. To be sure, these are only cases of arrest shared by police. The actual number could be more. (Representative image)
Updated on Sep 29, 2022 12:26 PM IST

Anti-CAA protests hot spot Shaheen Bagh was PFI base in Delhi

Officers in the Delhi Police, who have investigated the 2020 Delhi riots case, said that the ban validated their allegations against PFI

Police personnel deployed at Popular Front of India (PFI) office building, at Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi, Wednesday. The centre has imposed a ban on the organisation and several of its associates for their alleged terror activities. (PTI)
Police personnel deployed at Popular Front of India (PFI) office building, at Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi, Wednesday. The centre has imposed a ban on the organisation and several of its associates for their alleged terror activities. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 29, 2022 05:05 AM IST

32 PFI members detained in raids from Delhi’s Nizamuddin, Seelampur, Jamia Nagar

At least four people were released during the day, while a majority of those detained were produced before a magistrate and sent to judicial custody of varying durations from three to seven days, the officials said.

Aneesh, an accused detained during a raid by Special Cell of the Delhi Police for his alleged association with Popular Front of India (PFI), at Amar Colony police station, in New Delhi, Tuesday. (PTI)
Aneesh, an accused detained during a raid by Special Cell of the Delhi Police for his alleged association with Popular Front of India (PFI), at Amar Colony police station, in New Delhi, Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 28, 2022 01:12 AM IST

‘I don’t know why I was released while others were held’: SDPI member after raids on PFI

New Delhi: At around 2

New Delhi: A PFI member being produced in a Delhi court earlier this week. (PTI)
New Delhi: A PFI member being produced in a Delhi court earlier this week. (PTI)
Published on Sep 27, 2022 11:26 PM IST

PFI raids in Delhi: 30 members of outfit detained in second crackdown in 1 week

The police alleged in the charge sheet that the conspiracy to orchestrate riots in Delhi in February 2020 was plotted at the PFI office in Shaheen Bagh

Delhi Police personnel stand guard during the raids against the Popular Front of India. (PTI Photo)
Delhi Police personnel stand guard during the raids against the Popular Front of India. (PTI Photo)
Published on Sep 27, 2022 12:50 PM IST

Bloody fallout of Jitender Gogi’s murder: Seven killed in one year

On September 24, 2021, Tillu Tajpuriya’s gunmen, dressed as lawyers, shot Gogi dead in courtroom 207 in Rohini, before being killed by police personnel at the spot

Dramatic scenes unfolded inside Delhi's Rohini Court when two gunmen dressed as lawyers fired at gangster Jitender Gogi.
Dramatic scenes unfolded inside Delhi's Rohini Court when two gunmen dressed as lawyers fired at gangster Jitender Gogi.
Updated on Sep 26, 2022 12:06 PM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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