Rahul Mahajani

Rahul Mahajani is senior assistant editor at Hindustan Times, Mumbai. He is part of the crime and legal team. He is responsible for driving content on the website. Prior to HT, he worked with the electronic media and a news agency.

Articles by Rahul Mahajani

Debit card fraud? Not EOW, head to cyber police station in Mumbai

In 2015, following differences between senior IPS officers in the Mumbai police, two separate cyber units were formed – one under the crime branch and one under the EOW

Many police officials thought the move diluted the powers of the once powerful crime branch.
Many police officials thought the move diluted the powers of the once powerful crime branch.
Updated on Feb 07, 2018 01:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Mumbai police upgrade security for Sonu Nigam, 2 BJP MLAs after alert from J&K police

A senior IPS officer from Mumbai police said the intelligence was shared by the J&K police recently

In April 2017, Sonu Nigam courted controversy over a tweet in which he complained of ‘forced religiousness’.(HT FILE)
In April 2017, Sonu Nigam courted controversy over a tweet in which he complained of ‘forced religiousness’.(HT FILE)
Updated on Feb 06, 2018 04:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

ACB finds ex-Mhada engineer owns several assets in Mumbai, Satara

From a wedding hall to flats, bungalow to shops, plots of land to spa in Mumbai, the engineer, his wife and his daughter have assets worth several crores, suspect the ACB.

The Maharashtra anti-corruption bureau (ACB) has found huge amounts of assets of an ex-MHADA engineer in the city and in Satara.(HT File(Representational Image))
The Maharashtra anti-corruption bureau (ACB) has found huge amounts of assets of an ex-MHADA engineer in the city and in Satara.(HT File(Representational Image))
Updated on Feb 03, 2018 01:05 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

IPS officer bribery case: Maharashtra DGP demands a report from ACB

The DGP office asked the ACB to file a report in the issue that would be sent to the government for further action and the officer is likely to face departmental action too

Published on Feb 01, 2018 12:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Probationary IPS officer in Maharashtra booked for seeking Rs 1 lakh bribe in Nanded

The IPS officer’s aide Sunny Singh Bugai was arrested by the Amravati unit of the anti-corruption bureau.

Yadav demanded Rs2 lakh from the businessman to let go of him and his seized truck.(Representational Image)
Yadav demanded Rs2 lakh from the businessman to let go of him and his seized truck.(Representational Image)
Updated on Jan 31, 2018 10:15 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Mumbai man sends 64-year-old Bollywood actress lewd texts, death threats; police file case

The accused threatened to kill the Mumbai actress and her children, said police

Police said the heroine, who was a leading Bollywood star in the 70s, and the accused knew each other as they had planned to conduct a business transaction in the past.(PHOTO FOR REPRESENTATION ONLY)
Police said the heroine, who was a leading Bollywood star in the 70s, and the accused knew each other as they had planned to conduct a business transaction in the past.(PHOTO FOR REPRESENTATION ONLY)
Updated on Jan 29, 2018 10:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Mumbai police to focus on drug peddlers who target struggling actors, models in Lokhandwala

Police crackdown to focus on city’s western and northern suburbs

So far, the area have seen a high demand of cocaine and MD
So far, the area have seen a high demand of cocaine and MD
Updated on Jan 23, 2018 10:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Did Abdul Subhan Qureshi visit Mumbai after 2008 blasts in Gujarat, Delhi? ATS to investigate

Qureshi has cases registered against him in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and other places

The state ATS has dug out Qureshi’s file and a list of cases against him in the state.(Arvind Yadav / HT)
The state ATS has dug out Qureshi’s file and a list of cases against him in the state.(Arvind Yadav / HT)
Updated on Jan 22, 2018 09:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByRahul Mahajani and Vijay Kumar Yadav, Mumbai

649 complaints filed against police officials in Maharashtra in one year

The authority started functioning in January 2017, after the apex court asked all states to establish a body to hear citizens’ complaints against cops

The maximum number of complaints were regarding police officials refusing to file FIRs.(HT File Photo)
The maximum number of complaints were regarding police officials refusing to file FIRs.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 19, 2018 12:21 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Crimes by juveniles on the rise in Maharashtra; Mumbai tops the list, says CID report for 2016

Maharashtra reported 6,239 cases of crimes by juveniles in 2016, compared to 5,482 in 2015

The report shows most juveniles were booked for theft, along with criminal trespass and burglary, robbery, rape and other serious crimes.(FILE FOR REPRESENTATION)
The report shows most juveniles were booked for theft, along with criminal trespass and burglary, robbery, rape and other serious crimes.(FILE FOR REPRESENTATION)
Published on Jan 16, 2018 09:03 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Your complaint ignored? New software may ensure Maharashtra cops act

The state police are developing a software to be introduced in police stations for accountability and transparency

The need for such a system was felt many times after people complained that they were mistreated at police stations(Sudhir Shetty)
The need for such a system was felt many times after people complained that they were mistreated at police stations(Sudhir Shetty)
Updated on Jan 13, 2018 08:29 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

China White drug under Mumbai police lens after MD seizures

A Mumbai ANC official said they suspect that the new drug is being smuggled into India from China

The supply of MD has been hit, owing to numerous crackdowns and police raids on factories producing the drug around Mumbai and in Pune, Solapur and Thane.(HT File)
The supply of MD has been hit, owing to numerous crackdowns and police raids on factories producing the drug around Mumbai and in Pune, Solapur and Thane.(HT File)
Published on Jan 12, 2018 09:17 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Drugs seizure: Cocaine-bleaching powder cocktail surprises Mumbai police

In the past, cocaine has been mixed with paracetamol; police probe to see if the new mix is being blended for better profit or because of demand

Updated on Jan 11, 2018 09:51 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Inmate’s murder in Mumbai: Maharashtra government allows cops to prosecute jail staff

The police require home department’s sanction to prosecute a government employee

Manjula Shetye was allegedly murdered on June 23 last year .
Manjula Shetye was allegedly murdered on June 23 last year .
Published on Jan 10, 2018 10:11 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Nashik arms haul: Key accused booked in fresh robbery case

The police said Badrinujam Badshah was booked for not paying Rs1,000 in fuel charges to a petrol pump owner in Nashik on December 15, 2017

The police recovered 25 rifles, one machine gun, 19 revolvers and 4,166 live cartridges from a stolen Bolerao
The police recovered 25 rifles, one machine gun, 19 revolvers and 4,166 live cartridges from a stolen Bolerao
Published on Jan 10, 2018 12:23 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Kamala Mills fire: Crime branch launches probe to trace missing accused

The ones still to be arrested in the case include owners of 1Above Kripesh and Jigar Sanghvi and their partner Abhijit Mankar; and owner of Mojo Bistro Yug Tulli.

The ones still to be arrested in the case include owners of 1Above Kripesh and Jigar Sanghvi and their partner Abhijit Mankar; and owner of Mojo Bistro Yug Tulli.(HT FIle)
The ones still to be arrested in the case include owners of 1Above Kripesh and Jigar Sanghvi and their partner Abhijit Mankar; and owner of Mojo Bistro Yug Tulli.(HT FIle)
Updated on Jan 08, 2018 08:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Kamala Mills fire: Police announce reward of 1 lakh for information on eatery owners

The reward has been announced against the owners of 1Above, Kirpesh Sanghvi and Jigar Sanghvi, and their partner Abhijit Manka.

A massive fire broke out at a rooftop restaurant in Kamala Mill Compound in Mumbai on December 29.(HT photo)
A massive fire broke out at a rooftop restaurant in Kamala Mill Compound in Mumbai on December 29.(HT photo)
Updated on Jan 06, 2018 12:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Dalit protests: Mumbai police file 25 FIRs, book 16 juveniles

BEST buses, civic and railway infrastructure, private cars were damaged in the violence

BEST buses, civic and railway infrastructure, private cars were damaged in the violence.(Bhushan Koyande)
BEST buses, civic and railway infrastructure, private cars were damaged in the violence.(Bhushan Koyande)
Updated on Jan 04, 2018 09:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Adarsh: A scam that rocked Mumbai and Maharashtra government

Little has moved in the case that was first filed seven years ago; as per the CBI’s FIR, Chavan got involved when he was state revenue minister in 2000

Senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan talks to reporters at his office on Friday.(Bhushan Koyande/HT)
Senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan talks to reporters at his office on Friday.(Bhushan Koyande/HT)
Updated on Dec 23, 2017 12:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Huge arms haul in Nashik: 25 rifles, 19 revolvers,1 machine gun seized; three arrested

Biggest arms seizure in Maharashtra since 2006; two of the three arrested are from Sewri in Mumbai

The seizure includes 25 rifles, one machine gun, 19 revolvers and 4,166 live cartridges.(HT File Photo / Pic used for representational purpose)
The seizure includes 25 rifles, one machine gun, 19 revolvers and 4,166 live cartridges.(HT File Photo / Pic used for representational purpose)
Updated on Dec 15, 2017 03:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Maharashtra govt to improve prison security, will spend 1.2 crore to install CCTVs

All central prisons except the one in Amravati have CCTV control rooms

(Hindustan Times)
(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 15, 2017 10:21 AM IST
Hindsutan Times | By, Mumbai

Arrested Mumbai drug peddler is friends with big Bollywood stars, say police

Bakul Chanderia, caught with drugs worth Rs 12 lakh, was arrested five years ago with cocaine at a party attended by celebrities, cricketers

On Saturday, 45-year-old Bakul Chanderia was arrested with 106 gm of cocaine and LSD dots worth Rs4 lakh collectively worth Rs12.48 lakh.(HT File)
On Saturday, 45-year-old Bakul Chanderia was arrested with 106 gm of cocaine and LSD dots worth Rs4 lakh collectively worth Rs12.48 lakh.(HT File)
Updated on Dec 12, 2017 03:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByRahul Mahajani and Debasish Panigrahi, Mumbai

Coastal security improved since 26/11, but still has a long way to go: Experts

The NSG has trained the quick response team (QRT) and Force 1; the government needs to focus on smaller creeks and isolated areas

A police commando stands guard by the sea coast at Geeta Nagar, Colaba, after a high alert was issued in Mumbai, on September 23, 2016.(HT File Photo)
A police commando stands guard by the sea coast at Geeta Nagar, Colaba, after a high alert was issued in Mumbai, on September 23, 2016.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 26, 2017 08:25 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By

9 years after deadly 26/11 attacks, India still needs a foolproof coastal security system

Despite several measures taken by the government, there are concerns such as manpower, infrastructure for an infallible maritime security system to be in place.

Marine Drive in South Mumbai.(Shutterstock)
Marine Drive in South Mumbai.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 26, 2017 12:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By

‘Remember every second of that day’: 9 years after 26/11 attacks, survivors have moved on, but scars are for life

On November 26, 2008, Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists attacked key locations in Mumbai, including Taj Hotel, Trident leaving 166 people dead and several injured.

Survivors of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks Dilip Mehta and Devika Rotawan remember the day vividly nine years later.(HT photo)
Survivors of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks Dilip Mehta and Devika Rotawan remember the day vividly nine years later.(HT photo)
Updated on Nov 26, 2017 10:03 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByRahul Mahajani

Post 26/11, Sagar Kavach ops improve coordination between police and agencies

Along with 1093 helpline, the police, especially in coastal districts, have roped in locals, so any suspicious information can be quickly passed on.

Mumbai...12th November 2010...News.. Gateway of India in Mumbai - HT Photo Anshuman Poyrekar(HT File Photo)
Mumbai...12th November 2010...News.. Gateway of India in Mumbai - HT Photo Anshuman Poyrekar(HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 25, 2017 10:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By

After Sangli custodial death, Maharashtra asks police to refrain from beating accused

Kothale, 26, was arrested with another man, Amol Bhandare, on November 6 for robbing a motorbike-borne man of Rs2,000 at knife-point, a senior police officer said.

Aniket Kothale’s family.(HT FILE)
Aniket Kothale’s family.(HT FILE)
Updated on Nov 22, 2017 04:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Encourage jail inmates to be creative, Maha prison department tells jailers

In a recent circular, a copy of which is with HT, additional director general of prisons BK Upadhyay said inmates from Nashik central prison took to making idols, which has now become a new industry.

In a recent circular, a copy of which is with HT, additional director general of prisons BK Upadhyay said inmates from Nashik central prison took to making idols, which has now become a new industry.(FILE)
In a recent circular, a copy of which is with HT, additional director general of prisons BK Upadhyay said inmates from Nashik central prison took to making idols, which has now become a new industry.(FILE)
Updated on Nov 20, 2017 08:12 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Dawood’s 3 properties in south Mumbai sold for Rs 11 crore, to be part of redevelopment project

Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust, which bought the properties, will have to pay Rs11.58 crore in 90 days

Flats in Damarwala Building, and houses on Pakmodia Street and Yakub Street, where Iqbal Kaskar and his late sister Haseena Parkar used to reside, were auctioned for Rs3.52 crore(HT FILE)
Flats in Damarwala Building, and houses on Pakmodia Street and Yakub Street, where Iqbal Kaskar and his late sister Haseena Parkar used to reside, were auctioned for Rs3.52 crore(HT FILE)
Updated on Nov 15, 2017 07:54 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Cybercrime detection rates in Maharashtra dip

Lack of police training and equipment and lengthy procedures have led to the drop, say cyber experts in Mumbai

About 38% of cybercrimes in Maharashtra last year occurred in Mumbai.(HT File)
About 38% of cybercrimes in Maharashtra last year occurred in Mumbai.(HT File)
Updated on Nov 10, 2017 11:36 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai
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