Salik Ahmad

Salik Ahmad

Salik covers education in Rajasthan; occasionally does videos.

Articles by Salik Ahmad
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Muslim man killed by Hindu woman’s family in Bikaner over love affair, say police

By Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2018 10:47 PM IST
Police said the man was killed due to the woman’s family disapproval of the relationship between the couple. The family broke the man’s legs and dumped in a wastewater pond. He later died in a hospital.
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The victim, Saif Ali, who used to work at a fruit mandi.(HT Photo)
The victim, Saif Ali, who used to work at a fruit mandi.(HT Photo)

Muslim man killed by Hindu woman’s family in Bikaner over love affair, say police

By Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2018 10:46 PM IST
Police said the man was killed due to the woman’s family disapproval of the relationship between the couple. The family broke the man’s legs and dumped in a wastewater pond. He later died in a hospital.
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The idea of ‘Matri-Pitri pujan diwas’ was first espoused by Asaram in 2012.(File/PTI)
The idea of ‘Matri-Pitri pujan diwas’ was first espoused by Asaram in 2012.(File/PTI)

Two days before rape verdict, state govt pushes Asaram idea

By Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2018 10:13 PM IST
Two days before the verdict in a rape case against self-styled godman Asaram was to be pronounced, the state education department rolled out an order stating that February 14 will be celebrated as ’Matri-Pitri pujan diwas’
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Manoj Kumar Rawat.(HT PHOTO)
Manoj Kumar Rawat.(HT PHOTO)

Ex-constable clears UPSC, likely to become IPS, was inspired by Sunny Deol’s ‘Indian’

By Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2018 10:06 PM IST
Considering the last year’s allotment of services by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Rawat, a candidate from the scheduled castes (SC) category, is likely to get into the IPS.
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Police patrol outside the Jodhpur Central Jail, where self-styled godman Asaram has been held since September 2013, in Jodhpur in on April 25, 2018.(Reuters)
Police patrol outside the Jodhpur Central Jail, where self-styled godman Asaram has been held since September 2013, in Jodhpur in on April 25, 2018.(Reuters)

How Rajasthan cops kept the peace for Asaram verdict, from court in jail to watch on devotees

By Salik Ahmad and Dinesh Bothra | Hindustan Times, Jodhpur
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2018 01:06 PM IST
Keeping in mind last year’s violence in Haryana following the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, Rajasthan Police began preparations for Asaram’s verdict ahead of time.
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Police personnel in front of Asaram’s ashram in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.(AP Photo)
Police personnel in front of Asaram’s ashram in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.(AP Photo)

Asaram rape case verdict: Buzz missing outside ashram of ‘godman’ in Ahmedabad

By Hiral Dave and Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Ahmedabad/Jodhpur
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2018 12:07 AM IST
Gujarat police have stepped up security outside Asaram’s two ashrams in Ahmedabad and Surat.
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File photo of Asaram after being arrested from his Indore ashram in connection with the sexual harassment case.(PTI Photo)
File photo of Asaram after being arrested from his Indore ashram in connection with the sexual harassment case.(PTI Photo)

As trial ends in tears, Asaram set for life as Qaidi No 130

By Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2018 11:12 PM IST
Asaram broke down in tears after a court in Jodhpur Central Jail sentenced him to life imprisonment for raping a minor girl in 2013.
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Ajay Pal Lamba led the investigation into the rape charges against Asaram.(File Photo)
Ajay Pal Lamba led the investigation into the rape charges against Asaram.(File Photo)

Top cop who led probe in Asaram rape case received 2,000 threat letters, phone calls

By Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Jodhpur
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2018 05:59 PM IST
Ajay Pal Lamba was the deputy commissioner of police (DCP), Jodhpur West, when Asaram was accused of raping a minor at his ashram. While leading the investigation, Lamba didn’t send his daughter to school for a while and his wife didn’t step out of their house.
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A special court in Jodhpur will deliver its verdict on Wednesday against 79-year-old self-styled godman Asaram (pictured) in the rape case inside Jodhpur Central Jail.(HT/File Photo)
A special court in Jodhpur will deliver its verdict on Wednesday against 79-year-old self-styled godman Asaram (pictured) in the rape case inside Jodhpur Central Jail.(HT/File Photo)

Cottage where Asaram raped 16-year-old is now a deserted site

By Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Jodhpur
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2018 03:20 PM IST
Cottage owner, a follower of Asaram, says the rape charge is a conspiracy by Christian missionaries and police are complicit in the case.
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Ambedkar Jayanti or Bhim Jayanti is an annual festival observed on April 14 to commemorate the memory of social reformer Dr BR Ambedkar.(HT Photo/Representative image)
Ambedkar Jayanti or Bhim Jayanti is an annual festival observed on April 14 to commemorate the memory of social reformer Dr BR Ambedkar.(HT Photo/Representative image)

Rajasthan schools and colleges told to observe Ambedkar Jayanti

By Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2018 10:05 PM IST
Opposition slammed the move as mere “tokenistic” and one taken by a “desperate” government.
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The victim owned a drug store.(Getty Images/iStockphoto/ Representative image)
The victim owned a drug store.(Getty Images/iStockphoto/ Representative image)

Rajasthan RSS worker immolates himself shouting ‘save the country’, dies in Delhi hospital

By Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Jaipur, Jaipur
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2018 10:15 PM IST
The man has left behind a four-page suicide note.
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A 35-year-old woman, who allegedly committed suicide by drowning in the water tank at her house in Udaipur last week, had closely watched the coverage of actress Sridevi’s death on television.(PTI Photo/For Representation Purpose)
A 35-year-old woman, who allegedly committed suicide by drowning in the water tank at her house in Udaipur last week, had closely watched the coverage of actress Sridevi’s death on television.(PTI Photo/For Representation Purpose)

Rajasthan woman who drowned in 1.5-ft-deep water tank watched Sridevi’s death coverage on TV

By Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2018 09:33 PM IST
A 35-year-old woman, who allegedly committed suicide by drowning in the water tank at her house in Udaipur last week, had closely watched the coverage of actress Sridevi’s death on television, her husband said.
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The border districts of Jaisalmer and Barmer host the maximum number of cross border weddings.(AFP/Representative image)
The border districts of Jaisalmer and Barmer host the maximum number of cross border weddings.(AFP/Representative image)

Son’s cross border wedding in two days, mother awaits visa

By Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2018 10:22 PM IST
The visa is still “under process”.
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Narayan Balai at his partner Sohni Devi’s residence in Rajasthan’s Suwana village. He said he was forced to carry Devi’s body on his own as the villagers refused to help.(HT Photo)
Narayan Balai at his partner Sohni Devi’s residence in Rajasthan’s Suwana village. He said he was forced to carry Devi’s body on his own as the villagers refused to help.(HT Photo)

In death, Rajasthan woman pays price of loving a Dalit

By Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Bhilwara
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2018 11:18 PM IST
Balai returned to the village in the morning with the body in a taxi. There was no one to lend a hand. He carried Devi in his arms and gently put the body on the floor of the house the two shared
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Deepika Padukone plays Rani Padmavati in Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Deepika Padukone plays Rani Padmavati in Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

No Padmaavat screening in Rajasthan as ‘real’ Karni Sena continues protest

By Manoj Ahuja and Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2018 04:47 PM IST
Despite the Mumbai faction of Karni Sena group withdrawing its protest, Padmaavat will not be screened in Rajasthan as Shri Rajput Karni Sena claims his is the ‘real’ Karni Sena.
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Founder of Shri Rajput Karni Sena Lokendra Singh Kalvi and its president Mahipal Singh Makrana at a press conference in Jaipur on Wednesday.(Prabhakar Sharma/ HT Photo)
Founder of Shri Rajput Karni Sena Lokendra Singh Kalvi and its president Mahipal Singh Makrana at a press conference in Jaipur on Wednesday.(Prabhakar Sharma/ HT Photo)

Rajput pride, moustachioed men and legacy: What drives the Karni Sena protests against Padmaavat

By Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2018 09:12 AM IST
Shri Rajput Karni Sena, of which Kalvi is the chief patron, is spearheading the protests against Bhansali’s film Padmaavat.
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The young man resorted to stealing motorcycles to pay the fine. But the time he saved the money, the woman eloped with somebody else.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The young man resorted to stealing motorcycles to pay the fine. But the time he saved the money, the woman eloped with somebody else.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Man steals bikes to pay panchayat fine to live with woman, but she elopes with another

By Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2018 10:44 AM IST
The panchayat said the money was to be paid to assuage the anger of the woman’s family and for him to be able to live with her again.
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The ASER report, prepared by the NGO Pratham, surveyed 1,071 youngsters in 60 villages of Udaipur district .(HT File Photo/representative image)
The ASER report, prepared by the NGO Pratham, surveyed 1,071 youngsters in 60 villages of Udaipur district .(HT File Photo/representative image)

72% rural teens in state have not used computer, internet: ASER

By Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2018 09:47 PM IST
According to the report, the awareness indicators for the country are better than that of Rajasthan.
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Rajasthan education minister Vasudev Devnani had last year claimed that cow is the only animal that inhales and exhales oxygen.
Rajasthan education minister Vasudev Devnani had last year claimed that cow is the only animal that inhales and exhales oxygen.

Brahmagupta II gave law of gravitation 1,000 years before Newton, claims Rajasthan education minister

By Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Jaipur, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2018 09:17 PM IST
Vasudev Devnani had last year claimed that cow is the only animal that inhales and exhales oxygen.
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One of the vultures that was run over by a train in Jaisalmer's Pokhran area.(HT Photo)
One of the vultures that was run over by a train in Jaisalmer's Pokhran area.(HT Photo)

On a 3-km stretch in Pokhran, speeding trains kill 42 vultures in five weeks

By Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2018 08:54 PM IST
The vultures were run over by trains while feeding on carcass of animals on the railway tracks in four separate incidents
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Mohammed Afrazul was a resident of West Bengal’s Malda.(HT File)
Mohammed Afrazul was a resident of West Bengal’s Malda.(HT File)

Killed Afrazul by mistake, somebody else was target: Rajsamand’s Shambhu Lal Regar to police

By Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2017 08:02 AM IST
Shambhu Lal Regar wanted to kill another man but ended up hacking to death a 48-year-old migrant labourer in Rajsamand on December 6, police said on Monday.
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NSUI has alleged that the university postponed semester examinations ’due to the ABVP meeting’.(HT File)
NSUI has alleged that the university postponed semester examinations ’due to the ABVP meeting’.(HT File)

RU postpones semester exam dates, NSUI sees ‘ABVP influence’

By Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2017 04:25 PM IST
The University of Rajasthan (RU) postponing its semester examinations scheduled on December 22-27 on a day the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) announced its state level meeting in Jaipur on December 24-26 has given opposition an opportunity to point fingers at the university’s decision
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Police officers on patrol duty inside the ‘mobile outpost’ at Bhiwadi’s Amlaki in Alwar district, Rajasthan late on Monday.(Himanshu Vyas/HT Photo)
Police officers on patrol duty inside the ‘mobile outpost’ at Bhiwadi’s Amlaki in Alwar district, Rajasthan late on Monday.(Himanshu Vyas/HT Photo)

Tension, uneasy calm at Alwar’s anti-cow smuggling outposts

By Salik Ahmad, Alwar | Hindustan Times, Alwar
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2017 11:25 PM IST
According to police figures, 226 people were arrested in Alwar in connection with the smuggling of bovine in 2015 while 116 were arrested in 2014. Till October this year, 82 people have been arrested.
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A screengrab from a WhatsApp clip showing Shambu Lal Regar killing Afrazul in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district on Wednesday.(HT Photo)
A screengrab from a WhatsApp clip showing Shambu Lal Regar killing Afrazul in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district on Wednesday.(HT Photo)

Who is Shambu Lal Regar? A man who didn’t seem capable of murder, say neighbours in Rajasthan

By Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Rajsamand
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2017 10:07 PM IST
Shambu Lal Regar, the Rajasthan man who uploaded a chilling video of himself hacking and burning a migrant worker, was engaged in marble business earlier but was unemployed for more than two years
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Afrazul’s nephew and son-in-law with documents and identity cards of the deceased.(HT Photo)
Afrazul’s nephew and son-in-law with documents and identity cards of the deceased.(HT Photo)

Man hacked to death, set ablaze in Rajasthan: Nephew says Afrazul didn’t wrong anyone

By Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Rajsamand
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2017 09:57 AM IST
Afrazul’s family says he was harmless and worked to help others from his village in Malda find employment in Rajsamand.
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A man’s body was found hanging from Nahargarh fort on Friday morning with a message written on a rock nearby suggesting that the death was linked to the row over the film ‘Padmavati’.(ANI/Twitter)
A man’s body was found hanging from Nahargarh fort on Friday morning with a message written on a rock nearby suggesting that the death was linked to the row over the film ‘Padmavati’.(ANI/Twitter)

Body found hanging in Nahargarh fort: Family alleges murder while cops say suicide

By Deep Mukherjee and Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2017 10:57 PM IST
Police in a press conference reiterated that no evidence was found in the case that would suggest murder.
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Cattle trader Umar Mohammed’s funeral in Rajasthan’s Ghatmika village on Thursday. Umar was allegedly murdered by cow vigilantes last week in Alwar.(Salik Ahmad/HT)
Cattle trader Umar Mohammed’s funeral in Rajasthan’s Ghatmika village on Thursday. Umar was allegedly murdered by cow vigilantes last week in Alwar.(Salik Ahmad/HT)

A birth and a death, life’s cruel twist plays out in slain cattle trader Umar’s house

By Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Bharatpur
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2017 08:11 PM IST
Cattle trader Umar Mohammed’s body was found on the railways tracks in Alwar last week. His family has claimed that cow vigilantes murdered him.
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People stage a demonstration against the alleged murder of Umar Mohammed by suspected cow vigilantes in Rajasthan’s Alwar.(HT photo)
People stage a demonstration against the alleged murder of Umar Mohammed by suspected cow vigilantes in Rajasthan’s Alwar.(HT photo)

Alwar: Police hint self-styled cow vigilantes killed Muslim cattle trader

By Devendra Bhardwaj, Salik Ahmad and Deep Mukherjee | Hindustan Times, Jaipur/Bharatpur
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2017 08:02 PM IST
Alwar SP Rahul Prakash said an FIR for murder had been lodged and five people named in it on the basis of the statement of a minor boy, who the police cited as an eyewitness.
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Cover of Shivira magazine’s November edition.
Cover of Shivira magazine’s November edition.

Women should grind ‘chakki’, sweep floors and do other household chores to stay fit: Rajasthan education dept magazine

By Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2017 02:21 PM IST
The magazine said while early morning walks, running, cycling, horse-riding, swimming or any other sports are good for health, women can also stay fit by doing various household chores.
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A statue of Vivekananda at the University of Delhi. Detractors of the BJP government say that the directive will turn colleges into places where personality cults are worshipped.(HT File Photo)
A statue of Vivekananda at the University of Delhi. Detractors of the BJP government say that the directive will turn colleges into places where personality cults are worshipped.(HT File Photo)

Raje govt wants Rajasthan colleges to install Vivekananda statue

By Salik Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
PUBLISHED ON OCT 29, 2017 10:35 PM IST
The move has received criticism with academics saying that the government is turning educational institutes into places where personality cults are worshipped.
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