Ravinder Vasudeva

Ravinder Vasudeva is a principal correspondent who writes for the Punjab bureau of Hindustan Times.

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Days after quitting Congress, Sunil Jakhar set to join BJP

The Congress had last month removed Sunil Jakhar, the former president of its Punjab state unit, from all positions for alleged anti-party activities. 
BJP national chief JP Nadda is likely to induct Sunil Jakhar at the party headquarters in the national capital. (HT file)
BJP national chief JP Nadda is likely to induct Sunil Jakhar at the party headquarters in the national capital. (HT file)
Updated on May 19, 2022 01:41 PM IST
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Babbar Khalsa, ISI behind Mohali RPG attack: Police

The RPG attack on Punjab Police’s intelligence wing headquarters in Mohali earlier this week was jointly carried out by Babbar Khalsa International and local gangsters with the support of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, police said on Friday.
A part of a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) that was used to fire at the Intelligence Department building of Punjab Police, in Mohali on Monday. (ANI)
A part of a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) that was used to fire at the Intelligence Department building of Punjab Police, in Mohali on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on May 14, 2022 06:06 AM IST
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72 hours later, Punjab police still clueless about Mohali blast attackers’ identity

Punjab Police is working in close coordination with teams of the Army Intelligence and NIA experts, who have already visited the site of the Mohali blast
72 hours later, Punjab police still clueless about Mohali blast attackers’ identity (ANI)
72 hours later, Punjab police still clueless about Mohali blast attackers’ identity (ANI)
Updated on May 13, 2022 12:48 AM IST
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ByRavinder Vasudeva & Hillary Victor, Chandigarh

Tarn Taran man who sheltered Mohali RPG attackers detained

Punjab Police intel HQ blast: Nishan Singh of Tarn Taran faces 13 criminal cases, including that of murder, attempt to murder, smuggling of arms and drugs
Nishan Singh of Kulla village near the border town of Bhikhiwind in Tarn Taran district gave logistics support to the two suspects who fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the Punjab Police’s intel HQ in Mohali on May 9. (HT photo)
Nishan Singh of Kulla village near the border town of Bhikhiwind in Tarn Taran district gave logistics support to the two suspects who fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the Punjab Police’s intel HQ in Mohali on May 9. (HT photo)
Published on May 11, 2022 12:20 PM IST
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ByRavinder Vasudeva and Anil Sharma

Rinda hiring ‘small-time criminals’ to spread terror in state, say cops

Rinda, a notorious gangster-turned-terrorist believed to be in Pakistan is active in Punjab, Chandigarh, Maharashtra and Haryana and is a history-sheeter and wanted by the Punjab Police in heinous crimes, including murder, contract killing, robbery, extortion and snatching
As the initial probe into the first-of-its-kind rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attack on the Punjab Police intelligence headquarters in Mohali hints towards the role of gangster-turned-Khalistani terrorist Harvinder Singh Rinda, who is emerging as the mastermind, the modus operandi adopted in the attack is identical to at least four recent modules busted by the state police.
As the initial probe into the first-of-its-kind rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attack on the Punjab Police intelligence headquarters in Mohali hints towards the role of gangster-turned-Khalistani terrorist Harvinder Singh Rinda, who is emerging as the mastermind, the modus operandi adopted in the attack is identical to at least four recent modules busted by the state police.
Published on May 11, 2022 01:10 AM IST
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ByRavinder Vasudeva and Hillary Victor

Role of Khalistani terrorist in Mohali blast under scanner

Punjab Police have zeroed in on the role of a Khalistani terrorist as the possible mastermind behind the blast that rocked the headquarters of the force’s intelligence wing in Mohali on Monday, investigators said on Tuesday.
The explosion, believed to be the result of a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attack, rocked Mohali at 7.45pm on Monday. (ANI)
The explosion, believed to be the result of a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attack, rocked Mohali at 7.45pm on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on May 11, 2022 02:42 AM IST
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ByRavinder Vasudeva and Hillary Victor, Chandigarh/mohali

Punjab Police zero in on Pakistan-based terrorist Rinda’s role in intel HQ blast

Over 20 suspects detained day after rocket-propelled grenade hits Punjab Police’s intelligence headquarters in Mohali
Punjab Police personnel cordon off their intelligence headquarters in Sector 77, Mohali, after the rocket-propelled grenade attack on Monday night. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Punjab Police personnel cordon off their intelligence headquarters in Sector 77, Mohali, after the rocket-propelled grenade attack on Monday night. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on May 10, 2022 01:18 PM IST
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ByRavinder Vasudeva and Hillary Victor

Mohali blast: Suspected rocket attack at Punjab intelligence headquarters

No one was injured in the blast at Punjab police headquarters in Mohali; rocket attack took place around 7.45 pm, according to the cops. Police have cordoned off the area and an alert has been sounded
Punjab Police have sealed the area after the blast reported at the Punjab Police Intelligence Headquarters in Sector 77, Mohali. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Punjab Police have sealed the area after the blast reported at the Punjab Police Intelligence Headquarters in Sector 77, Mohali. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on May 10, 2022 02:22 AM IST
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ByRavinder Vasudeva and Hillary Victor, Mohali

Blast at Punjab police intelligence headquarters, rocket attack suspected

There was no report of any casualties from the blast. The area was cordoned off and senior officers reached the spot, said police
(Left) The object which hit the intelligence office in Mohali. The shattered door and window panes of the office after the suspected attack.(Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times)
(Left) The object which hit the intelligence office in Mohali. The shattered door and window panes of the office after the suspected attack.(Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 10, 2022 12:38 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Relief for BJP's Tajinder Bagga after midnight high court hearing

The move came a day after Bagga was arrested by the Punjab Police in connection with a case regarding provocative statements and criminal intimidation but was taken back to Capital by the Delhi Police after the Haryana Police stopped the Punjab Police team midway in Kurukshetra.
 Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga speaks to the media at his residence, Janakpuri, in New Delhi on May 8, 2022.(ANI photo)
 Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga speaks to the media at his residence, Janakpuri, in New Delhi on May 8, 2022.(ANI photo)
Updated on May 08, 2022 05:29 AM IST
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By, , Hindustan Times, Chandigarh/new Delhi

Mohali court issues warrant to arrest Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga

Mohali’s Judicial Magistrate Mohali Ravtesh Inderjit Singh told the State Cyber Crime Mohali to arrest Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga and produce him before the court. The next date of hearing in the case is May 23
BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, who was picked up from his Janakpuri house by Punjab Police on Friday morning, returned home past midnight (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, who was picked up from his Janakpuri house by Punjab Police on Friday morning, returned home past midnight (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Published on May 07, 2022 10:46 PM IST
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ByRavinder Vasudeva and Hillary Victor

How Punjab Police botched up on Tajinder Bagga’s arrest

According to experts, the Punjab Police bypassed set procedures. Before arresting any accused outside the state, it is necessary to register a report in the local police station and take the local police along, say experts
In a major embarrassment, the Punjab Police failed to bring Delhi BJP leader Tajinder Singh Bagga, booked on charges of making provocative statements, promoting enmity and criminal intimidation, to Mohali after arresting him from his house in Delhi.
In a major embarrassment, the Punjab Police failed to bring Delhi BJP leader Tajinder Singh Bagga, booked on charges of making provocative statements, promoting enmity and criminal intimidation, to Mohali after arresting him from his house in Delhi.
Published on May 07, 2022 01:18 AM IST
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ByRavinder Vasudeva and Hillary Victor

PWD tenders allotted during Congress regime in Punjab under lens

In an internal communication sent to field officers last week, principal secretary, PWD, Anurag Verma, sought details of tenders, worth more than 5 crore, allotted in the past year, including a comparison of the price at which it was allotted and the technically sanctioned estimate.
Move comes amid complaints that certain tenders were allotted at rates which brought down the Punjab government’s savings. (HT Photo)
Move comes amid complaints that certain tenders were allotted at rates which brought down the Punjab government’s savings. (HT Photo)
Published on May 06, 2022 01:31 AM IST
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New Khalistani recruits have no ideological conviction: Punjab Police probe

The probe into pro-Khalistan modules busted in Punjab recently has revealed that foreign-based terrorists and their local handlers are using money to lure the state’s youth
In the Rupnagar police post grenade attack case, those arrested from a village in Himachal Pradesh’s Una were having no criminal background and belonged to poor families. (HT File Photo)
In the Rupnagar police post grenade attack case, those arrested from a village in Himachal Pradesh’s Una were having no criminal background and belonged to poor families. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 05, 2022 01:15 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Punjab govt plans to shift Mohali medical college

The development comes even as classes for the first batch, which is already running late, are set to begin in a few days
It is learnt that the new AAP government in Punjab is not happy with the medical college site at the existing civil hospital in Mohali. (HT Photo)
It is learnt that the new AAP government in Punjab is not happy with the medical college site at the existing civil hospital in Mohali. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 27, 2022 11:21 PM IST
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Punjab intelligence alerts field units amid spurt in cross-border arms smuggling attempts

In a communication sent to field officers, including police commissioners and senior superintendents of police, last week, the Punjab intelligence chief cited the huge cache of arms and ammunition recovered from border outposts since March, while expressing the need to strengthen internal security and increase vigil.
A cache of weapons recovered from Abohar of Punjab on March 9 and 10. (HT File)
A cache of weapons recovered from Abohar of Punjab on March 9 and 10. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 27, 2022 12:27 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

2 aides of Khalistani terrorist Rinda arrested for Ropar police post blast, tiffin bomb recovered in Una

The accused, who tried to blow up the Ropar police post, belong to the gang of Khalistani terrorist Harinder Singh Rinda
2 aides of Khalistani terrorist Rinda arrested for Ropar police post blast; tiffin bomb recovered in Una
2 aides of Khalistani terrorist Rinda arrested for Ropar police post blast; tiffin bomb recovered in Una
Updated on Apr 24, 2022 12:59 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Tiffin bomb found in well at Una village bordering Punjab

Punjab Police solved last month’s Ropar police post blast case with the arrest of an accused from Singa village in Una district of Himachal Pradesh on Saturday
The Punjab Police team with the accused in Una on Saturday. The accused had hidden the explosive in a well in a forest adjoining the village on the Himachal Pradesh-Punjab border. (HT Photo)
The Punjab Police team with the accused in Una on Saturday. The accused had hidden the explosive in a well in a forest adjoining the village on the Himachal Pradesh-Punjab border. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 23, 2022 04:33 PM IST
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Nawanshahr grenade blast mastermind Rinda new challenge for Punjab police

With Nawanshahr grenade blast said to be the handiwork of gangster-turned-Khalistani terrorist Rinda, activities of Pakistan’s new poster boy have emerged as a new challenge for Punjab Police
Before the Nawanshahr grenade attack on a police station on the intervening night of November 7 and 8 in 2021, Rinda was also found to have played the role of the mastermind during a bomb blast in Ludhiana court in December last year. (HT File Photo)
Before the Nawanshahr grenade attack on a police station on the intervening night of November 7 and 8 in 2021, Rinda was also found to have played the role of the mastermind during a bomb blast in Ludhiana court in December last year. (HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 20, 2022 01:14 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Covid booster dose: Private hospitals in Punjab hesitant to procure vaccine

Covid booster dose for the 18-60-year category got a tepid response in Punjab with small and medium hospitals registered with IMA reluctant to procure vaccine from manufacturers
On Friday, 885 Covid booster doses were administered in Punjab, including healthcare workers and 60 year-plus category people, who have been provided vaccines free of cost in government facilities. (HT FIle Photo)
On Friday, 885 Covid booster doses were administered in Punjab, including healthcare workers and 60 year-plus category people, who have been provided vaccines free of cost in government facilities. (HT FIle Photo)
Updated on Apr 16, 2022 01:40 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

One-fourth of target population in Punjab yet to get fully vaccinated

Low response to Covid-19 vaccine second dose has compelled the Punjab health department to make calls to beneficiaries to come forward to get jabbed
The government may have launched a drive to administer Covid-19 precaution doses to those above 18 years of age, only 73% of the target population in Punjab have been jabbed with the second dose.
The government may have launched a drive to administer Covid-19 precaution doses to those above 18 years of age, only 73% of the target population in Punjab have been jabbed with the second dose.
Published on Apr 14, 2022 01:06 AM IST
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Amarinder Singh Raja Warring is Punjab Congress president

The party also appointed Qadian MLA and former Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa as the new Congress Legislature Party leader in the state assembly
Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, 44, is the third-time MLA from Gidderbaha segment of Muktsar district.
Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, 44, is the third-time MLA from Gidderbaha segment of Muktsar district.
Updated on Apr 10, 2022 01:48 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Replace intelligence chief, Amritsar police commissioner: Kunwar Vijay to govt

Without naming the 2 officers, he said they were no.1 and no. 2 in SIT and favoured political families
Retired inspector general (IG) of police and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA from Amritsar North Kunwar Vijay Pratap has asked his own government to replace special DGP Prabodh Kumar as Punjab intelligence chief and Arun Pal Singh as commissioner of police, Amritsar.
Retired inspector general (IG) of police and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA from Amritsar North Kunwar Vijay Pratap has asked his own government to replace special DGP Prabodh Kumar as Punjab intelligence chief and Arun Pal Singh as commissioner of police, Amritsar.
Published on Apr 10, 2022 01:04 AM IST
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Punjab Police: Too many wings hamper policing, say experts

The formation of Anti-Gangster Task Force (AGTF) in Punjab Police raises question on whether such specialised units yield desired results or end up weakening the district police force
Punjab Police now have more than a dozen different wings to deal with different types of crimes. (HT File Photo)
Punjab Police now have more than a dozen different wings to deal with different types of crimes. (HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 07, 2022 01:13 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Punjab: Money, muscle power behind bloody clashes to seize control of truck unions

Bloody clashes and tensions over controlling truck unions are not new to Punjab, which sees such incidents every time a new party takes the reins
A clash between two AAP factions over controlling the local truck union left four people injured in Abohar on Monday. (Video grab)
A clash between two AAP factions over controlling the local truck union left four people injured in Abohar on Monday. (Video grab)
Published on Apr 06, 2022 12:14 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

AAP reverses trend with 13 IPS as district police chiefs in Punjab

The previous governments in Punjab have been posting PPS officers as district police chiefs with an aim to give opportunities to home-grown officers
AAP reverses trend with 13 IPS as district police chiefs in Punjab
AAP reverses trend with 13 IPS as district police chiefs in Punjab
Updated on Apr 01, 2022 11:34 PM IST
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Fate of med colleges in Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur uncertain

The Prime Minister was to lay the foundation stone of these medical colleges on January 5 this year but it could not be done as his cavalcade was stranded on a flyover in Ferozepur, a few kilometres away from the venue for the inaugural ceremony.
Stones of two new medical colleges in Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur were to be laid by PM. (iStock)
Stones of two new medical colleges in Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur were to be laid by PM. (iStock)
Published on Mar 30, 2022 12:55 AM IST
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Prabodh Kumar appointed Punjab intelligence chief; two others shifted

Punjab intelligence chief, considered as the most powerful post after the DGP, directly converses with the chief minister on a regular basis. Many other senior officers were also eyeing for this post.
The Punjab government on Friday appointed 1988-batch IPS officer special DGP Prabodh Kumar as the state’s new intelligence chief.
The Punjab government on Friday appointed 1988-batch IPS officer special DGP Prabodh Kumar as the state’s new intelligence chief.
Published on Mar 26, 2022 01:15 AM IST
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Vigilance to man helpline unveiled to eradicate corruption

From Friday onwards, officials of the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau, Punjab, will monitor the helpline and look into complaints registered a week ago
According to a senior Vigilance official monitoring the ‘WhatsApp action line, on the first day, the helpline was flooded with some old and mostly test complaints with not even a single complaint having mandatory video or audio clips to prove that any government official took a bribe.
According to a senior Vigilance official monitoring the ‘WhatsApp action line, on the first day, the helpline was flooded with some old and mostly test complaints with not even a single complaint having mandatory video or audio clips to prove that any government official took a bribe.
Published on Mar 24, 2022 01:21 AM IST
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Mann govt constitutes new SIT to probe drug case against Majithia

The orders by director, Bureau of Investigation (BoI), dated March 16, the day Mann took oath as the chief minister, says the four-member SIT will be headed by AIG Rahul S, a 2008-batch IPS officer
The Bhagwant Mann-led Punjab government has constituted a new special investigation team (SIT) to probe the drug case against Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader and former minister Bikram Singh Majithia.
The Bhagwant Mann-led Punjab government has constituted a new special investigation team (SIT) to probe the drug case against Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader and former minister Bikram Singh Majithia.
Published on Mar 21, 2022 01:13 AM IST
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