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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Two personalities, 2 apps, 1 offensive objective

  • Delhi Police officers who have questioned the two men said there is little in common between them.
Neeraj Bishnoi and Aumkareshwar Thakur
Neeraj Bishnoi and Aumkareshwar Thakur
Published on Jan 13, 2022 05:42 AM IST
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In eight days, Covid cases go up from six to 108 in Delhi jails

On January 2, Delhi’s Tihar jail reported its first case after almost five months of the prison remaining free of the infection, prison authorities said. Between July 28, 2021, and January 2, 2002, not a single case of infection was reported in the three jails, they added
About 70-100 new prisoners arrive at the three jails every day. About the same number of prisoners are also released on bail or acquitted in their cases. (Representative image/HT Archive)
About 70-100 new prisoners arrive at the three jails every day. About the same number of prisoners are also released on bail or acquitted in their cases. (Representative image/HT Archive)
Updated on Jan 12, 2022 12:53 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

GitHub case: Accused Bishnoi emotionless, hard to break, say police

Investigating officials said that in the past 48 hours Bishnoi attempted to harm himself twice and also threatened to kill himself
Neeraj Bishnoi, the main conspirator in the GitHub case, arrives at an IGI airport after being arrested by Delhi Police Special Cell from Assam, in New Delhi on January 6. (ANI)
Neeraj Bishnoi, the main conspirator in the GitHub case, arrives at an IGI airport after being arrested by Delhi Police Special Cell from Assam, in New Delhi on January 6. (ANI)
Published on Jan 09, 2022 12:34 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

GitHub case: Bishnoi remorseless, said he was proud of what he created

As proof that he was indeed the creator of the app, Bishnoi also posted a soft copy of the mail that he supposedly received from US-based GitHub about law enforcement agencies seeking details from his GitHub account
Neeraj Bishnoi, one of the main conspirator in the 'Bulli Bai' case, arrives at IGI airport after being arrested by Delhi Police Special Cell from Assam, in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI)
Neeraj Bishnoi, one of the main conspirator in the 'Bulli Bai' case, arrives at IGI airport after being arrested by Delhi Police Special Cell from Assam, in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI)
Published on Jan 08, 2022 01:22 AM IST
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Covid enters Delhi jails: Authorities in ‘wait and watch’ mode

At least 2,300 prisoners, including convicts and undertrials who were released to decongest the jail in April 2020, have failed to surrender and have been declared fugitives.
On Sunday night (January 2), Delhi prisons reported the first case of Covid-19 after almost five months.
On Sunday night (January 2), Delhi prisons reported the first case of Covid-19 after almost five months.
Updated on Jan 06, 2022 06:41 AM IST
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PM Modi’s convoy held up: Role of Punjab Police in focus over security fiasco

HT spoke to many officers across various agencies who explained the security protocol for the PM and the reasons why they believe that the Punjab Police and the Intelligence Bureau are at fault for Wednesday’s security breach.
Police personnel and officials at the flyover where Prime Minister Narendra Modi's convoy stuck due to a blockade by a group of protestors, in Ferozepur.(PTI Photo)
Police personnel and officials at the flyover where Prime Minister Narendra Modi's convoy stuck due to a blockade by a group of protestors, in Ferozepur.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Jan 06, 2022 07:07 AM IST
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Cases during the farm protests that the Delhi Police posited, but now hang fire

  • Over these last 12 months, Delhi police came up with different theories that had connections with the farm protests, which they said were “unearthed” during “investigations”
Climate activist Disha Ravi was produced at Patiala Court in connection with the “Toolkit case” in New Delhi, on February 19. She was arrested on February 13 for alleged involvement with an online toolkit related to Greta Thunberg and the farmers' protests.(Amal KS / HT Photo)
Climate activist Disha Ravi was produced at Patiala Court in connection with the “Toolkit case” in New Delhi, on February 19. She was arrested on February 13 for alleged involvement with an online toolkit related to Greta Thunberg and the farmers' protests.(Amal KS / HT Photo)
Published on Jan 02, 2022 02:37 PM IST
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‘Not a conman’: Sukesh Chandrashekhar denies charges of fraud

In the press note released on Friday, he claimed he is not a conman but a corporate lobbyist. Chandrashekhar also accused prison officials of extorting 12.5 crore from him
Sukesh Chandrashekhar, 32, was first arrested by the Delhi Police in 2017 for allegedly duping an AIADMK leader of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2 crore on the pretext of helping the politician retain the party’s two leaves symbol by bribing Election Commission officers. (Representative image)
Sukesh Chandrashekhar, 32, was first arrested by the Delhi Police in 2017 for allegedly duping an AIADMK leader of 2 crore on the pretext of helping the politician retain the party’s two leaves symbol by bribing Election Commission officers. (Representative image)
Updated on Jan 01, 2022 06:57 PM IST
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How prisoner Sukesh Chandrashekhar pulled off a 200 crore heist

  • HT spoke to officials in Delhi’s jails, the Delhi Police and the Enforcement Directorate that are investigating the case to piece together what has emerged 
Sukesh Chandrashekhar hit national headlines by pulling off a <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>200 crore con, duping Aditi Singh, the wife of former Ranbaxy promoter Shivinder Mohan
Sukesh Chandrashekhar hit national headlines by pulling off a 200 crore con, duping Aditi Singh, the wife of former Ranbaxy promoter Shivinder Mohan
Updated on Dec 20, 2021 09:01 PM IST
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In blast build-up, 11-yr-long tussle played out on streets, inside court

According to police, the two men lived with their families in the same building in Ashok Vihar’s A-block until three years ago, and initially fought over the construction of a water tank on the terrace of their building in 2011.
Security personnel outside Rohini Court after a explosion was reported from the area, in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, December 9, 2021. (HT Photo)
Security personnel outside Rohini Court after a explosion was reported from the area, in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, December 9, 2021. (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 19, 2021 03:08 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Laws repealed, but their fight for tractors goes on

  • Since September, Delhi Police have opposed the plea of complainants saying that the matter was under investigation. Police also told the court that the four men joined the investigation only on December 3, after being told by the court to do so a day earlier.
The tractors were seized in case FIR number 46/21 filed at the Nangloi police station registered under sections of rioting, attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy and stopping government officials from discharging their duty.(HT File)
The tractors were seized in case FIR number 46/21 filed at the Nangloi police station registered under sections of rioting, attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy and stopping government officials from discharging their duty.(HT File)
Published on Dec 17, 2021 03:34 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Fear, hope in Delhi’s new African enclave

Bablu Gupta runs a departmental store in R block of west Delhi’s Mohan Garden with two names displayed on either side
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Published on Dec 17, 2021 12:24 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Fear, hope in Delhi’s new African enclave

The reason: Hundreds of people from various African countries who have settled in Mohan Garden in the past five years, often moving away from other areas like Malviya Nagar after facing humiliation and discrimination, and making the humble neighbourhood Delhi’s new African enclave.
Thousands of people from various African countries live in Delhi but members of the community battle repeated racist attacks and discrimination at the hands of local residents and politicians.(HT File)
Thousands of people from various African countries live in Delhi but members of the community battle repeated racist attacks and discrimination at the hands of local residents and politicians.(HT File)
Updated on Dec 17, 2021 04:04 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

As farm protests end, the two men Delhi Police wanted, but could never catch

There were two prominent faces of the protest, named in multiple police files, but could never be arrested: Lakha Sidhana and Jugraj Singh
Despite raids across different states such as Delhi, Punjab and Haryana, police was never able to arrest Jugraj Singh -- the man who allegedly hoisted a religious flag at the Red Fort (AP)
Despite raids across different states such as Delhi, Punjab and Haryana, police was never able to arrest Jugraj Singh -- the man who allegedly hoisted a religious flag at the Red Fort (AP)
Updated on Dec 16, 2021 07:05 PM IST
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Delhi Police move 280 beggars from CP to shelters

The market association and the Delhi Police said Connaught Place will become Delhi’s first market to be “beggar-free.”
A view of the Hanuman Temple complex at CP, which was declared a ‘no-beggar zone’. (Sanchit Khanna/HT)
A view of the Hanuman Temple complex at CP, which was declared a ‘no-beggar zone’. (Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Updated on Dec 16, 2021 06:31 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Blast at Rohini court in Delhi, months after gun battle, throws up questions

After the shocking September shoot-out, the Delhi Police handed the court’s security to the security unit, and assured better safety within the premises
Gangster Jitender Maan alias Gogi was shot dead inside a courtroom in the Rohini court complex on September 24. (CCTV grab)
Gangster Jitender Maan alias Gogi was shot dead inside a courtroom in the Rohini court complex on September 24. (CCTV grab)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 11:57 PM IST
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From oddball to fugitive boss of north India’s biggest vehicle theft ring

The name of Sharik alias Sata, the son of a former Mumbai university professor who is now living in Dubai, has come up thrice in the past six months, and twice in the past 20 days, during the interrogation of car thieves
Sata allegedly takes “orders of vehicles needed“ from places as far as Manipur and Assam and gets his accomplices to steal them in Delhi and its adjoining states. (Sourced)
Sata allegedly takes “orders of vehicles needed“ from places as far as Manipur and Assam and gets his accomplices to steal them in Delhi and its adjoining states. (Sourced)
Updated on Dec 06, 2021 06:50 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Protests against farm laws: Cops booked many, but charged a few

The cases relate to allegations of rioting, attempt to murder, obstructing police from doing their duty, and violating Covid-19 guidelines. Over 250 people have been arrested, who are all out on bail
Disha Ravi, a 22-year-old climate activist, leaves after an investigation at National Cyber Forensic Lab, in New Delhi on February 23, 2021. Police accused her of sharing a Google “toolkit” with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, on which the social media storm conspiracy was detailed. But police have not filed a charge sheet in this case. (REUTERS FILE)
Disha Ravi, a 22-year-old climate activist, leaves after an investigation at National Cyber Forensic Lab, in New Delhi on February 23, 2021. Police accused her of sharing a Google “toolkit” with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, on which the social media storm conspiracy was detailed. But police have not filed a charge sheet in this case. (REUTERS FILE)
Updated on Nov 20, 2021 01:23 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Heinous home invasion: Months of prep, one lapse

  • On Thursday morning, Delhi Police said they solved the murders of two women inside a house in Jangpura Extension, and recovered around 90 lakh that five men had robbed in the early hours of Monday.
On Thursday morning, Delhi Police said they solved the murders of two women inside a house in Jangpura Extension, and recovered around <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>90 lakh that five men had robbed in the early hours of Monday.(AFP)
On Thursday morning, Delhi Police said they solved the murders of two women inside a house in Jangpura Extension, and recovered around 90 lakh that five men had robbed in the early hours of Monday.(AFP)
Updated on Nov 19, 2021 05:20 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Crackdown in Capital on crackers as AQI stays in red zone

The average 24-hour air quality index (AQI) at 4pm was 314 on Wednesday, up from 303 a day earlier, with both readings in the “very poor” range.
The air quality in the national capital worsened Wednesday, even as Delhi Police flying squads fanned out across the city to crack down on the sale and use of crackers. (Bloomberg)
The air quality in the national capital worsened Wednesday, even as Delhi Police flying squads fanned out across the city to crack down on the sale and use of crackers. (Bloomberg)
Updated on Nov 04, 2021 04:33 AM IST
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BySoumya Pillai and Prawesh Lama, New Delhi

Gangster accused of 7 murders stabs and kills fellow inmate in Delhi jail

The prisoner who stands accused of the murder is Vicky Pehalwan alias Raghunath, 29, one of western Uttar Pradesh’s most wanted gangsters until his arrest in March 2020. Since then, he has gained notoriety among prison inmates as the man with the maximum number of murder cases against him
Following Friday’s murder, prison officers have shifted Raghunath to a high-security ward within the prison. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Following Friday’s murder, prison officers have shifted Raghunath to a high-security ward within the prison. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Nov 02, 2021 02:07 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Two more Tihar jail staff suspended over links to ex-Unitech promoters

The Delhi police’s crime branch has registered an FIR against these 32 jail officers and the former Unitech promoters along with their father Ramesh Chandra.
All the accused officials were posted in jail number 7 of Tihar, where the Chandra brothers were lodged until the morning of August 28. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT Archive)
All the accused officials were posted in jail number 7 of Tihar, where the Chandra brothers were lodged until the morning of August 28. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT Archive)
Updated on Oct 27, 2021 05:37 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Gogi’s aide ordered killing of man who celebrated murder of his boss

Officers said Moi planned the murder because he had learnt about Deepak throwing a party outside his house in Rohtak, Haryana, on the night of September 24
Delhi Police and the prisons are on high alert since Gogi’s murder. Police suspect that Gogi’s associates may try to murder Tillu. (Picture for representation only)
Delhi Police and the prisons are on high alert since Gogi’s murder. Police suspect that Gogi’s associates may try to murder Tillu. (Picture for representation only)
Updated on Oct 17, 2021 01:30 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Gangster Gogi knew of plots to kill him in court

  • Gogi, for the first time, also revealed that his first brush with crime was not at the Swami Shraddhanand College in 2010 after a dispute with Tajpuria during the college elections as is widely believed.
Jitender Maan alias Gogi and (right) Sunil Maan alias Tillu Tajpuria.(Sourced)
Jitender Maan alias Gogi and (right) Sunil Maan alias Tillu Tajpuria.(Sourced)
Updated on Oct 14, 2021 04:40 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

28 Tihar officials suspended, 2 sacked, for helping ex-Unitech bosses

Recommendation for suspension of two senior officers has also been sent in unprecedented action against 32 officials in Tihar for allegedly helping ex-Unitech bosses break jail rules
On August 26, the Supreme Court directed the Delhi Police commissioner to investigate the role of Tihar jail officials it was told that ex-Unitech promoters Sanjay Chandra and Ajay Chandra violated prison rules. (HT Archive)
On August 26, the Supreme Court directed the Delhi Police commissioner to investigate the role of Tihar jail officials it was told that ex-Unitech promoters Sanjay Chandra and Ajay Chandra violated prison rules. (HT Archive)
Updated on Oct 14, 2021 03:38 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

32 Tihar officials booked for violation of jail rules in Delhi

The officers said that all 32 prison officials who have been booked were posted in Tihar’s jail number 7, where the two real estate developers were lodged, until the morning of August 28 when they were shifted to Arthur Road and Taloja jail in Maharashtra on the orders of the Supreme Court.
On Tuesday evening, a police spokesperson said that they have sent letters to the Delhi govt and the Union ministry of home affairs for departmental action(suspension) against 32 officers of Tihar jail. 
On Tuesday evening, a police spokesperson said that they have sent letters to the Delhi govt and the Union ministry of home affairs for departmental action(suspension) against 32 officers of Tihar jail. 
Updated on Oct 13, 2021 05:26 AM IST
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Gangsters Tillu and Naveen Bali arrested in Gogi murder

The crime branch is probing Gogi’s murder that capped a decade-long rivalry between him and Tajpuriya.
Gangster Tillu Tajpuriya. (Sourced)
Gangster Tillu Tajpuriya. (Sourced)
Published on Oct 07, 2021 04:44 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi police to file FIR, probe allegations against Tihar jail officers

The Supreme Court directed Delhi Police commissioner Rakesh Asthana to investigate the case. Asthana submitted his inquiry report last week, based on which the top court on Wednesday ordered the suspension of jail officers, and registration of FIR against them.
Officials in the crime branch said the FIR is likely to be registered on Thursday after they formally receive a copy of the top court order.
Officials in the crime branch said the FIR is likely to be registered on Thursday after they formally receive a copy of the top court order.
Published on Oct 07, 2021 03:43 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi: To avert gang war, inmates being relocated in city jails

At least two prisoners -- Rahul Kala and Sunil Rathi – known to be trouble makers in the Mandoli prison, according to jail officers – have been transferred.
Since the murder of gangster Jitender Maan, alias Gogi, by two gunmen of the gang of his arch-rival Tiilu Tajpuriya inside the Rohini court on September 24, jail officers have been asked to maintain high alert within prisons. (Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Since the murder of gangster Jitender Maan, alias Gogi, by two gunmen of the gang of his arch-rival Tiilu Tajpuriya inside the Rohini court on September 24, jail officers have been asked to maintain high alert within prisons. (Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Updated on Oct 03, 2021 04:37 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Delhi top cop begins probe into Unitech promoters’ violation of prison rules

  • Officials privy to the matter also said that Rakesh Asthana visited the prison complex a few days ago for a spot visit to jail number 7, where the Chandra brothers were lodged until August 28 morning.
The Supreme Court on August 26 ordered the Delhi Police commissioner to personally look into the role of Tihar prison officials in the case. Biplov Bhuyan/HT Archive
The Supreme Court on August 26 ordered the Delhi Police commissioner to personally look into the role of Tihar prison officials in the case. Biplov Bhuyan/HT Archive
Updated on Sep 30, 2021 12:22 AM IST
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