Ravi Krishnan Khajuria

A principal correspondent, Ravi Krishnan Khajuria is the bureau chief at Jammu. He covers politics, defence, crime, health and civic issues for Jammu city.

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Katra bus fire: Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Fighters claim responsibility in video

The video has not been be authenticated ; an unidentified man claimed that the blaze was an attack on Hindutva elements and the RSS, who were trying to bring a demographic change in Kashmir.
In a 45-second video posted on the Twitter handle ‘Sadi@sadiaMir567’ a masked man surrounded by AK-47 rifles, ammunition and grenades was seen claiming responsibility for the Katra “bus attack.” (Representative Image/HT File)
In a 45-second video posted on the Twitter handle ‘Sadi@sadiaMir567’ a masked man surrounded by AK-47 rifles, ammunition and grenades was seen claiming responsibility for the Katra “bus attack.” (Representative Image/HT File)
Published on May 17, 2022 02:53 AM IST
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Little-known group claims responsibility for Vaishno Devi bus fire, cops unsure

Police said that they can’t vouch for the veracity of the letter purportedly issued by a hitherto unknown terror outfit but added that they are looking into the case from all possible angles.
Four persons were killed and 25 others injured when a moving bus, mostly ferrying Vaishno Devi devotees, caught fire near Katra on Friday. (PTI)
Four persons were killed and 25 others injured when a moving bus, mostly ferrying Vaishno Devi devotees, caught fire near Katra on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on May 15, 2022 01:59 PM IST
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Not ready to accept defeat: Omar on revocation of Article 370

Addressing a public rally in Poonch, former J&K chief minister and National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah said it has been more than two years since Article 370 was revoked, but youth are still being misled
Former J&K chief minister and National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah addressed a public rally in Poonch on Saturday. (ANI file photo)
Former J&K chief minister and National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah addressed a public rally in Poonch on Saturday. (ANI file photo)
Published on May 15, 2022 04:14 AM IST
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Katra bus fire: Unknown outfit claims responsibility, police say can’t vouch for veracity

‘Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Fighters’ on Saturday claimed the responsibility for the Katra bus fire incident, which it said was an ‘IED blast’ triggered by one of its ‘special squads’
Four persons were killed and 24 others injured when the moving bus caught fire near Katra in Jammu on Friday. (PTI)
Four persons were killed and 24 others injured when the moving bus caught fire near Katra in Jammu on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on May 15, 2022 04:11 AM IST
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Slain Kashmiri Pandit govt staffer cremated in Jammu

Slogans such as ‘Rahul Bhat Amar Rahe’, ‘Pakistan Murdabad’ and ‘BJP Hai-Hai’, rend the air as the mortal remains of Rahul Bhat, who was shot dead by terrorists inside his office in Budgam , were cremated in Jammu
Rahul Bhat’s wife and daughter, who were putting up with him at Sheikhpora migrant colony in Budgam, accompanied the body as it arrived here from Kashmir. (AP)
Rahul Bhat’s wife and daughter, who were putting up with him at Sheikhpora migrant colony in Budgam, accompanied the body as it arrived here from Kashmir. (AP)
Published on May 14, 2022 02:13 AM IST
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Gen Pande arrives in Ladakh; maiden visit after becoming army chief

Indian Army chief General Manoj Pande will also visit forward areas in Eastern Ladakh and interact with troops deployed along the LAC
Indian Army chief General Manoj Pande visits Ladakh to review operational preparedness, on Thursday. (ANI)
Indian Army chief General Manoj Pande visits Ladakh to review operational preparedness, on Thursday. (ANI)
Published on May 13, 2022 04:51 AM IST
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J&K: Rahul Bhat’s killers must be brought to justice, says his father

Rahul Bhat was a Kashmiri Pandit, whose family lived in Durga Nagar here ever since it fled Valley in the 1990s.
Family members of the slain Kashmiri Pandit grieve outside a hospital in Srinagar on Thursday. (Waseem Andrabi/HT)
Family members of the slain Kashmiri Pandit grieve outside a hospital in Srinagar on Thursday. (Waseem Andrabi/HT)
Updated on May 13, 2022 04:38 AM IST
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Sunjuwan terror attack: NIA court sends three accused to 20-day judicial custody

The terror attack on the CISF bus at Jalalabad near Sunjuwan military station on April 22 had left CISF ASI SP Patel dead and 10 other jawans injured; the NIA has already taken over the Sunjuwan encounter case
A special NIA court here on Tuesday sent three accused of the April 22 Sujuwan terror attack case on 20-day judicial remand. (HT FILE)
A special NIA court here on Tuesday sent three accused of the April 22 Sujuwan terror attack case on 20-day judicial remand. (HT FILE)
Published on May 11, 2022 01:15 AM IST
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CBI raids 8 locations in probe into J&K Bank’s 2010 deal to buy Mumbai building

The searches are being conducted in connection with a case registered on November 1, 2021 on allegations of irregularities in the purchase of Akruti Gold building for 180 crore
Among the locations searched by the CBI are the residences of former bank chairman Haseeb Drabu. (JKbank.com)
Among the locations searched by the CBI are the residences of former bank chairman Haseeb Drabu. (JKbank.com)
Published on May 10, 2022 06:59 PM IST
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Former J&K education minister Harsh Dev Singh joins AAP

Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party suffered a jolt on Saturday when its chairperson, former education minister and three-time MLA from Ramnagar Harsh Dev Singh joined the Aam Aadmi Party
Jammu and Kashmir Panthers Party’s former chairperson Harsh Dev Singh with AAP’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal after joining the latter’s party in New Delhi on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Jammu and Kashmir Panthers Party’s former chairperson Harsh Dev Singh with AAP’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal after joining the latter’s party in New Delhi on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Published on May 08, 2022 04:45 AM IST
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BSF opens fire at Pak drone in Jammu’s Arnia

A BSF officer said a drone from Pakistan side was observed coming towards Indian side in Arnia area at 7.25pm with a blinking light; nothing suspicious was found during search launched later
The drone returned to the Pakistani side but a massive search operation was launched to ensure that there was no airdropping of the payload by the flying object. (ANI picture for representational purpose only)
The drone returned to the Pakistani side but a massive search operation was launched to ensure that there was no airdropping of the payload by the flying object. (ANI picture for representational purpose only)
Published on May 08, 2022 04:31 AM IST
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Northern Command chief: Situation on LAC stable, various channels of communication now open

Northern Command chief Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi said to prevent smaller incidents escalating into bigger ones on LAC, Indian Army and PLA have established various channels of communication
Northern Command chief Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi arrives at Dhruva Auditorium in Jammu district on Friday. (PTI)
Northern Command chief Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi arrives at Dhruva Auditorium in Jammu district on Friday. (PTI)
Published on May 07, 2022 04:00 AM IST
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Talks on at LAC at battalion, brigade levels: Northern Army commander

The Northern Army commander said that a slew of measures have been put in place to prevent the smaller incidents escalating into bigger confrontations.
General Officer Commanding Northern Command Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi (Agencies)
General Officer Commanding Northern Command Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi (Agencies)
Updated on May 07, 2022 04:29 AM IST
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Pakistan’s bid to disrupt Amarnath Yatra foiled: BSF

BSF on Thursday said it has foiled the nefarious designs of Pakistan-based terrorists to disrupt the upcoming Amarnath Yatra by detecting a cross-border tunnel along the International Border
Border Security Force’s Jammu Frontier personnel deployed after a small opening, suspected to be a tunnel, was found on May 5 on the International Border in J&K’s Samba. (ANI)
Border Security Force’s Jammu Frontier personnel deployed after a small opening, suspected to be a tunnel, was found on May 5 on the International Border in J&K’s Samba. (ANI)
Published on May 06, 2022 03:41 AM IST
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Opposition calls J&K delimitation ‘cosmetic exercise’

BJP welcomes the final draft of Delimitation Commission’s report, says wrongs committed in the past rectified today
Jammu and Kashmir Delimitation Commission signs the final order for restructuring the assembly seats in the Union Territory on Thursday. (ANI)
Jammu and Kashmir Delimitation Commission signs the final order for restructuring the assembly seats in the Union Territory on Thursday. (ANI)
Published on May 06, 2022 03:38 AM IST
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ByRavi Krishnan Khajuria and Mir Ehsan, Jammu/srinagar

J&K delimitation panel ‘extension of BJP’: Opposition

Opposition parties in Jammu & Kashmir alleged the panel had “become an extension of the BJP”. People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti dismissed the report, saying it had “ignored the basic parameter of population” and that her party has no faith in it.
The delimitation panel is headed by chairperson justice (retd.) Ranjana Prakash Desai (centre), ex-officio members CEC Sushil Chandra (left) and J&K election commissioner KK Sharma. (PTI)
The delimitation panel is headed by chairperson justice (retd.) Ranjana Prakash Desai (centre), ex-officio members CEC Sushil Chandra (left) and J&K election commissioner KK Sharma. (PTI)
Updated on May 06, 2022 04:43 AM IST
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ByRavi Krishnan Khajuria, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Cross-border tunnel found in J&K: BSF

The tunnel opening is about 2 feet in diameter and so far, 21 sand bags have been recovered which were used to strengthen the exit of the tunnel, said a BSF spokesperson.
Searches of the tunnel continued on Thursday and the BSF spokesperson said they recovered a 265-feet long oxygen supply pipe from it.(PTI photo)
Searches of the tunnel continued on Thursday and the BSF spokesperson said they recovered a 265-feet long oxygen supply pipe from it.(PTI photo)
Updated on May 06, 2022 01:41 AM IST
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J&K delimitation panel finalises order for redrawing constituencies

Elections in J&K, which has been without an elected government since June 2018, are expected to be held after the delimitation process is over
Delegations outside the venue of the Delimitation Commission’s meetings in Srinagar. (ANI)
Delegations outside the venue of the Delimitation Commission’s meetings in Srinagar. (ANI)
Updated on May 06, 2022 07:03 AM IST
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ByDeeksha Bhardwaj and Ravi Krishnan Khajuria, Hindustan Times, New Delhi/jammu

Freshly dug cross-border tunnel detected by BSF in J&K’s Samba

BSF sources said the suspected tunnel was detected by the troops during the ongoing anti-tunnelling drive in the border outpost area of Chak Faquira around 5.30 pm
A small opening found in the general area near fencing in Jammu’s Samba area suspected to be a tunnel. (HT Photo)
A small opening found in the general area near fencing in Jammu’s Samba area suspected to be a tunnel. (HT Photo)
Published on May 05, 2022 02:52 AM IST
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SIA files chargesheet against 3 Hizbul terrorists from Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda

The State Investigation Agency (SIA) has filed a charge-sheet against three Hizbul terrorists from Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda, including a father-son duo before the special court of the NIA
The State Investigation Agency (SIA) produced chargesheet against three Hizbul terrorists, Asif Shabir Naik, a resident of Kashtigarh in Doda, his father Shabir Hussain Naik, currently operating from Pakistan, and Safdar Hussain of Marmat village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda, who too is based in Pakistan. (ANI File Photo)
The State Investigation Agency (SIA) produced chargesheet against three Hizbul terrorists, Asif Shabir Naik, a resident of Kashtigarh in Doda, his father Shabir Hussain Naik, currently operating from Pakistan, and Safdar Hussain of Marmat village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda, who too is based in Pakistan. (ANI File Photo)
Published on May 04, 2022 01:09 AM IST
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Is J&K on the cusp of economic transformation?

  • Officials believe that the UT is poised for an unprecedented transformation with huge investment in a range of sectors from health to tourism set to accelerate development after seven decades of neglect
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates 500 KV solar power plant in Jammu and Kashmir's Palli. (Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates 500 KV solar power plant in Jammu and Kashmir's Palli. (Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)
Updated on May 02, 2022 12:46 PM IST
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ByMir Ehsan,

Mehbooba Mufti bats for India-Pakistan dialogue again to resolve Kashmir issue

Amid a spike in terror activities, including the recent Sunjuwan terror attack, Mehbooba Mufti on Friday again batted for the India-Pakistan dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue
Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (JKPDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti addresses the media in Jammu on Friday. She again batted for India-Pakistan dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue. (ANI)
Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (JKPDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti addresses the media in Jammu on Friday. She again batted for India-Pakistan dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue. (ANI)
Published on Apr 30, 2022 02:29 AM IST
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Indo-Pak truce deal: Wheat growers on both sides of border reaping rich harvest

Farmers in Kathua started harvesting wheat crop on large tracts of land between the Zero Line and the border fence, which earlier could not be cultivated because of the hostilities between the two countries that used to trade heavy fire
Kathua DC Rahul Yadav with officials and farmers near the Zero Line on Indo-Pak border in Jammu. (HT Photo)
Kathua DC Rahul Yadav with officials and farmers near the Zero Line on Indo-Pak border in Jammu. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 28, 2022 02:19 AM IST
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Kashmir’s youth will not suffer like their parents & grandparents: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who celebrated the Panchayat Raj Day at Palli gram panchayat in Samba, said the youth of J&K will get employment opportunities through overall development. This was the PM’s first visit to the Union Territory after the abrogation of Article 370 in 2019.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a rally on Panchayati Raj Day, at Palli in Samba district, Sunday. (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a rally on Panchayati Raj Day, at Palli in Samba district, Sunday. (PTI)
Published on Apr 25, 2022 01:46 AM IST
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‘Blast crater’ found close to PM Modi’s rally venue in Samba; probe on

Jammu senior superintendent of police, Chandan Kohli, said the explosion was reported around 4:30 am from Lalian village. He said a crater may have been caused by a meteorite or lightning
**EDS: HANDOUT PHOTO MADE AVAILABLE FROM PIB ON SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2022.** Samba: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with the Panchayat members of Samba district, Sunday, April 24, 2022. Union Minister Jitendra Singh and J&K Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha are also seen. (PTI Photo)(PTI04_24_2022_000214B) (PTI)
**EDS: HANDOUT PHOTO MADE AVAILABLE FROM PIB ON SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2022.** Samba: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with the Panchayat members of Samba district, Sunday, April 24, 2022. Union Minister Jitendra Singh and J&K Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha are also seen. (PTI Photo)(PTI04_24_2022_000214B) (PTI)
Updated on Apr 25, 2022 05:54 AM IST
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PM Modi launches projects, says J&K an example

  • “Jammu and Kashmir is presenting a new example of democracy and determination as numerous development initiatives were undertaken in the last two to three years,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Updated on Apr 25, 2022 04:34 AM IST
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Explosion heard 8 kms from PM’s rally venue in Samba’s Palli village, probe on

A crater is believed to have been created in Laliana village by a meteorite or lightning, said Jammu senior superintendent of police Chandan Kohli.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Palli village in Samba district on Sunday for Panchayati Raj Day celebrations. Lt Governor of J&K Manoj Sinha is also seen in the picture. (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Palli village in Samba district on Sunday for Panchayati Raj Day celebrations. Lt Governor of J&K Manoj Sinha is also seen in the picture. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 24, 2022 10:32 PM IST
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Sunjuwan attack: Two arrested, 2 identified for harbouring terrorists

Close on the heels of the Sunjuwan attack, ADGP Mukesh Singh said police have arrested two persons for harbouring terrorists. They have been identified as Shafiq Ahmed Sheikh of Tral and Bilal Ahmed Wagay of Anantnag
ADGP Mukesh Singh said the slain terrorists responsible for Sunjuwan attack spoke Pashto and hence were either from Afghanistan or Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa belt. (ANI File Photo)
ADGP Mukesh Singh said the slain terrorists responsible for Sunjuwan attack spoke Pashto and hence were either from Afghanistan or Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa belt. (ANI File Photo)
Published on Apr 24, 2022 02:50 AM IST
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CISF officer, 2 terrorists killed in Jammu gunfight

An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) was also killed while 10 security personnel were injured in the pre-dawn gunfight which came two days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the region, police said.
Police personnel pay tribute to slain CISF assistant sub-inspector SP Patel who was killed in the attack near Sunjuwan military station in Jammu on Friday (ANI)
Police personnel pay tribute to slain CISF assistant sub-inspector SP Patel who was killed in the attack near Sunjuwan military station in Jammu on Friday (ANI)
Updated on Apr 23, 2022 01:48 AM IST
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CBI raids 14 locations across country in J&K corruption case

Former J&K governor Satya Pal Malik had recently alleged that he had been offered 300 crore to clear two files which he had rejected. Following Malik’s allegation, the J&K government had approached the CBI to probe the charges.
CBI conducted the raids after registering two FIRs in connection with corruption allegations levelled by former Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik (Archive)
CBI conducted the raids after registering two FIRs in connection with corruption allegations levelled by former Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik (Archive)
Updated on Apr 22, 2022 02:38 AM IST
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