Prawesh Lama

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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Government officials, who did not wish to be named, said these events were cancelled because the elderly and children are more susceptible to contract Covid-19.(PTI)
Government officials, who did not wish to be named, said these events were cancelled because the elderly and children are more susceptible to contract Covid-19.(PTI)

Curtailed by pandemic, the Republic Day parade is different this year

PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 07:50 AM IST
One prominent event that drew crowds and cheers – stunts on motorcycles by the army and the personnel of the paramilitary forces – have been cancelled this year.
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Curtailed by pandemic, the Republic Day parade is different this year

By Prawesh Lama, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 11:45 PM IST
Many events that were a regular feature of the Republic Day Celebrations in the national capital will be missing this year owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and the social distancing measures put in place to contain its spread, said government officials
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While all personnel will be covered under the second phase, those above the age of 50 years will be the first ones to get vaccinated, followed by others.(PTI)
While all personnel will be covered under the second phase, those above the age of 50 years will be the first ones to get vaccinated, followed by others.(PTI)

One-third of Delhi Police force aged above 50, will be shots first

By Prawesh Lama, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 02:59 AM IST
In the second phase, the drive will be held for the front-line workers such as police, fire safety personnel, teachers and civil defence volunteers. The drive will be expanded to an additional 600 locations across the city in the coming weeks.
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Officials aware of the development said the boxes were shifted to a temperature-controlled facility in cargo terminals and were then shipped out. (Representative Image)
Officials aware of the development said the boxes were shifted to a temperature-controlled facility in cargo terminals and were then shipped out. (Representative Image)

20k Covaxin doses land in city; final prep underway for V-Day

By Prawesh Lama, Anvit Srivastava
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 04:27 AM IST
This comes a day after 264,000 doses of the Covishield vaccine, manufactured by Serum Institute of India, reached the Capital. The first doses will be administered on Saturday.
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Several hospital staff also clicked selfies when the vaccine was taken from the truck to the storage facility.
Several hospital staff also clicked selfies when the vaccine was taken from the truck to the storage facility.

Claps, cheers greet arrival of vaccine at Rajiv Gandhi super speciality hospital

UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2021 04:27 AM IST
Several people who had gathered near the hospital gate said they knew by the heavy police deployment that the “corona vaccine is coming”.
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Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia addresses during the distribution of mid-day meal dry kit at a government school in New Delhi.(ANI file photo)
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia addresses during the distribution of mid-day meal dry kit at a government school in New Delhi.(ANI file photo)

Teachers on Covid duty will be frontline workers for vaccine drive: Sisodia

PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2021 09:38 AM IST
Teachers in schools run by the Delhi government and the municipal corporations — who have been actively involved in Covid-19 duty — will also be included in the list of front line workers to be vaccinated in the first phase, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said on Friday.
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Earlier the government’s list of front line workers for vaccination only included police personnel, sanitation workers and civil defence volunteers.(Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)
Earlier the government’s list of front line workers for vaccination only included police personnel, sanitation workers and civil defence volunteers.(Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)

Teachers to be included as front line workers for vaccination

By Prawesh Lama, Sweta Goswami, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2021 03:36 AM IST
The DDMA is chaired by lieutenant governor (L-G) Anil Baijal and has chief minister Arvind Kejriwal as its vice-chairperson.
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The Gandhi Smarak Nidhi trust said there was a miscommunication because of which the trees were chopped.(Representational)
The Gandhi Smarak Nidhi trust said there was a miscommunication because of which the trees were chopped.(Representational)

Illegal tree felling in Gandhi memorial, police register FIR

By Prawesh Lama | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 02:47 AM IST
The police collected evidence, took photographs and submitted a report to the Public Works Department. Police have also registered a first information report (FIR) under sections of Delhi Tree Conservation Act against unknown persons at the IP Estate police station.
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A health worker holds a syringe during a mock drill and dry run of Covid-19 vaccination at a model Covid-19 vaccination centre in Ansari Road, New Delhi, India.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
A health worker holds a syringe during a mock drill and dry run of Covid-19 vaccination at a model Covid-19 vaccination centre in Ansari Road, New Delhi, India.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Paramilitary, armed Delhi Police men to guard all vaccine storage sites in Delhi

By Prawesh Lama | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 12:40 AM IST
Outlining the Capital’s plan for the first phase of the vaccine roll-out, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said last week that the government had identified 5.1 million people who will be the first to get Covid-19 shots under the Central government’s “priority category”
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A police official checks the passengers waiting in line to give samples for coronavirus rapid antigen test after arriving at Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station, in New Delhi.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
A police official checks the passengers waiting in line to give samples for coronavirus rapid antigen test after arriving at Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station, in New Delhi.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

Delhi govt rejects compensation claims of 12 cops who died on Covid duty

By Prawesh Lama | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 01:06 AM IST
Since the first case of the disease was reported in the national capital on March 2, 31 police personnel have died of the infection, according to police and state government records seen by HT.
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Activist and former JNU student Umar Khalid along with students and supporters protest against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Population Register (NPR) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on January 20, 2020.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Activist and former JNU student Umar Khalid along with students and supporters protest against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Population Register (NPR) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on January 20, 2020.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

Delhi riots: Govt sanctions sedition charges against Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam, others

By Prawesh Lama | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 08:35 AM IST
At least 53 persons died while 400 others were injured when clashes turned violent leading to full-blown Hindu-Muslim riots across parts of northeast Delhi.
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BSF personnel patrol Shaheen Bagh on Wednesday, a year after the anti-CAA protests began(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
BSF personnel patrol Shaheen Bagh on Wednesday, a year after the anti-CAA protests began(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

An uneasy calm in Shaheen Bagh, one year after protest

By Prawesh Lama | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 05:57 AM IST
This year, as another protest -- this time over three farm laws that aim to liberalise the farm economy -- continues to rage with thousands of farmers on a similar sit-in protest at several of the Capital’s entry points, police are ensuring that nobody starts a protest within the city -- including in Shaheen Bagh’s Road 13A.
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Damaged vehicles strewn near Jamia Millia Islamia University area following violence that erupted against Citizenship Amendment Act, in New Delhi on Dec. 15, 2019.(PTI)
Damaged vehicles strewn near Jamia Millia Islamia University area following violence that erupted against Citizenship Amendment Act, in New Delhi on Dec. 15, 2019.(PTI)

Delhi: A year on, no police officer found guilty for clashes at Jamia

By Prawesh Lama | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 06:09 AM IST
On the evening of December 15, 2019, Delhi Police entered the university campus, fired tear gas shells and baton-charged students and some locals inside after violence broke out near the university.
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Overall, until November 24, police had fined 506, 272 persons across Delhi for not wearing masks(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Overall, until November 24, police had fined 506, 272 persons across Delhi for not wearing masks(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Delhi: West, north districts with crowded markets saw most mask-rule violation in festive season

By Prawesh Lama | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 07:20 AM IST
In light of the data review, Delhi Police officers said the two districts have a larger number of much-favoured markets, such as Sadar Bazaar and Kamla Nagar, and these marketplaces had seen huge crowds since Dussehra till Diwali.
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Since the lockdown in March, the bi-weekly meetings between prisoners and their relatives were also cancelled and they resumed only on October 1.(File Photo. Representative image)
Since the lockdown in March, the bi-weekly meetings between prisoners and their relatives were also cancelled and they resumed only on October 1.(File Photo. Representative image)

Seven inmates at Mandoli women’s prison test positive for Covid-19

By Prawesh Lama | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 06:46 AM IST
While six of them have been discharged and are currently in isolation at the prison, the seventh person is still undergoing treatment. Prison officers said none of the seven was a new entrant and they suspect that the infection may have spread from an asymptomatic jail officer.
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Between November 5 and November 10, when Delhi recorded the longest spell of ‘severe’ air days this year, the AQI in at least 10 hot spots touched 500, the maximum value that can be recorded on the AQI scale.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Between November 5 and November 10, when Delhi recorded the longest spell of ‘severe’ air days this year, the AQI in at least 10 hot spots touched 500, the maximum value that can be recorded on the AQI scale.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

25% traffic violations causing congestion and pollution in Delhi’s bad air hot spots

By Prawesh Lama | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 01:12 AM IST
The Delhi traffic police said the number of violations such as improper parking or encroachments on the roads was comparatively higher at these 13 places because of strict enforcement to detect rule-breakers, keeping in mind the high levels of air pollution at this time every year.
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Crowded marketplaces Lajpat Nagar earlier this week.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Crowded marketplaces Lajpat Nagar earlier this week.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

South, west districts worst mask offenders in Delhi

By Prawesh Lama | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 07:01 AM IST
Earlier this month, a report prepared by the National Control for Disease Control (NCDC) had cautioned that the Capital needs to gear up to tackle a surge of up to 15,000 coronavirus cases per day during winter and in the festival season.
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Two people were killed in the March 31, 1997 incident.
Two people were killed in the March 31, 1997 incident.

Cops convicted for 1997 CP encounter released

By Prawesh Lama | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2020 03:21 AM IST
On March 31, 1997, the ten policemen were part of a Crime Branch squad that opened fire on a blue sedan at the Barakhamba intersection, killing two of the three occupants -- Jagjit Singh and Pradeep Goyal. The target of the operation was a gangster named Mohammed Yasneen, who was also meant to be in a blue sedan.
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In the videos, the prisoners alleged that some jail officers were also involved in Dogra’s murder.
In the videos, the prisoners alleged that some jail officers were also involved in Dogra’s murder.

Drugs smuggled in over boundary wall, sold in Tihar jail

By Prawesh Lama | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 01:48 AM IST
The racket was exposed after a probe was ordered into the death of Sikander Dogra who, according to a prison officer aware of the inquiry report, complained about drug smuggling inside jail No 1. Two days later, on September 24, he was stabbed to death by four prisoners.
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According to the latest National Crimes Records Bureau (NCRB) report, overall crime in Delhi went up by 20 percent in 2019, compared to the previous year, including crimes against women.(HT file photo)
According to the latest National Crimes Records Bureau (NCRB) report, overall crime in Delhi went up by 20 percent in 2019, compared to the previous year, including crimes against women.(HT file photo)

‘Digital’ the buzzword for police in Covid-19 era

By Manoj Sharma and Prawesh Lama | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 02:41 AM IST
What started with Zoom calls for law-and-order meetings and WhatsApp for sending notices and summons to minimize touch and physical contact, has had a transformative effect on the Capital’s police, with many of its legacy processes and procedures going online.
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According to a mid-level Delhi police officer, during the exercise, police noticed that every station had a large seizure of alcohol bottles and drugs.(Santosh Kumar/HT file photo. Representative image)
According to a mid-level Delhi police officer, during the exercise, police noticed that every station had a large seizure of alcohol bottles and drugs.(Santosh Kumar/HT file photo. Representative image)

700,000 seized liquor bottles, 29,000 kg drugs lying at Delhi police stations

By Prawesh Lama | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 05:40 AM IST
According to a document seen by HT, there are at least 700,000 liquor bottles and around 29,000 kilograms of different varieties of drugs at the lockers of around 168 police stations. The market value of the drugs, going by their selling price in the international markets, could be well over thousands of crores.
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A rush of people during the weekend at Sarojini Nagar Market in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
A rush of people during the weekend at Sarojini Nagar Market in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Delhi police to keep watch on social distancing, masks in popular markets during festive season

By Prawesh Lama | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2020 01:31 AM IST
Loudspeakers at the markets, presently used to make security-related announcements and caution people about unidentified objects, will be used to disseminate information about masks.
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A traffic bottleneck at the intersection,(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
A traffic bottleneck at the intersection,(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Ashram crossing descends into chaos; commuters, residents suffer

By Sweta Goswami and Prawesh Lama | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2020 04:29 AM IST
The problem is acute along Mathura Road, where authorities are now creating an underpass beneath the intersection with Ring Road.
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In this picture, a health worker in PPE coveralls during swab sample collection for coronavirus testing, at Khyala Police Station, in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO/For Representative Purposes Only)
In this picture, a health worker in PPE coveralls during swab sample collection for coronavirus testing, at Khyala Police Station, in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO/For Representative Purposes Only)

Police, in PPE, chasing Covid positive robber on loose

By Prawesh Lama | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2020 01:03 AM IST
A Delhi Police team from the central district is now chasing the man, whom they want to capture before he spreads the infection.
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Starting October 1, one member of every prisoner’s family will be allowed inside the jail each month.(Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Starting October 1, one member of every prisoner’s family will be allowed inside the jail each month.(Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times)

In-person visits at Delhi’s prisons to restart on Oct 1

By Prawesh Lama | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 02:56 AM IST
Several prisoners have written to jail officers over the last two months, asking not only to meet their families but requesting that visitors be allowed to bring a fresh set of clothes.
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The riots, which started as protestors against and for the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) and later acquired a communal colour, left 53 people dead and 607 injured.(AFP)
The riots, which started as protestors against and for the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) and later acquired a communal colour, left 53 people dead and 607 injured.(AFP)

Violence began with stone-pelting at Maujpur Metro station: Riots charge sheet

By Prawesh Lama | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 12:34 AM IST
It was the first of the 16,381 distress calls that the police control room (PCR) received between February 23 and 27, according to the charge sheet filed by the special cell of Delhi Police last week.
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Delhi Police have maintained that some anti-CAA protest leaders, such as Umar Khalid, along with others such as Hussain, Jahan and other activists, planned the protests, mobilised people by blocking roads, and brought different groups together to incite people against the government.(AFP)
Delhi Police have maintained that some anti-CAA protest leaders, such as Umar Khalid, along with others such as Hussain, Jahan and other activists, planned the protests, mobilised people by blocking roads, and brought different groups together to incite people against the government.(AFP)

Alpha, Beta, Bond key to police’s riots probe

By Prawesh Lama | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2020 12:22 AM IST
The witnesses have recorded their statements before a judge under Code of Criminal Procedure 164, which is admissible evidence during a trial.
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The charge sheet says at least 1,130 commercial and residential properties were damaged in the revenue department’s sub-divisional areas of Karawal Nagar and Yamuna Vihar. The police said they are awaiting the survey report from other subdivisions such as Seelampur and Shahdara.(AFP File)
The charge sheet says at least 1,130 commercial and residential properties were damaged in the revenue department’s sub-divisional areas of Karawal Nagar and Yamuna Vihar. The police said they are awaiting the survey report from other subdivisions such as Seelampur and Shahdara.(AFP File)

Delhi riots: Police unprepared, failed to anticipate scale in numbers, shows data

By Prawesh Lama | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 22, 2020 02:44 PM IST
Police have been criticised for not anticipating the scale of the riots despite multiple intelligence warnings of a major communal flare-up
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In February, the national Capital was shaken by communal riots, the worst in at least three decades, with clashes between Hindu and Muslim groups in several parts of northeast Delhi.(PTI file photo)
In February, the national Capital was shaken by communal riots, the worst in at least three decades, with clashes between Hindu and Muslim groups in several parts of northeast Delhi.(PTI file photo)

Delhi riots: ‘Insider’ witness saw protesters being incited, say police

By Prawesh Lama | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 02:32 AM IST
Officials familiar with the charge sheet and the investigation that went into filing it said the insider’s statement was crucial evidence and shows that some anti-CAA protesters such as Tanha and Khalid planned the riots by blocking roads.
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Khalid, a former JNU student leader, was arrested on Sunday night under UAPA.(Rahul Raut/HT file photo)
Khalid, a former JNU student leader, was arrested on Sunday night under UAPA.(Rahul Raut/HT file photo)

Delhi Police’s Umar Khalid investigation hinges on witnesses X and Y

By Prawesh Lama | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 05:36 AM IST
X and Y, now in protective custody, made statements before metropolitan magistrate Fahad Uddin last month, claiming they were part of protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, or CAA, alongside Pinjra Tod (Break the Cage, a collective of women students) members and Jawaharlal Nehru University students Narwal and Kalita.
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