Saurabh M Joshi

Saurabh M Joshi

I am a journalist based in Mumbai covering crime and investigation for Hindustan Times, in the capacity of a principal correspondent. I have covered the city for over eight years as a correspondent for print and electronic media after starting my career with a business wire.

Articles by Saurabh M Joshi
Chotta Shakeel’s hitman, Sayyad Muzakkir Muddasar Hussain alias Munna Jhingada.(File Photo)
Chotta Shakeel’s hitman, Sayyad Muzakkir Muddasar Hussain alias Munna Jhingada.(File Photo)

Chhota Shakeel’s hitman’s extradition turns into Indo-Pak contest

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Saurabh M Joshi
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2017 11:57 AM IST
The Mumbai Police is banking on its evidence of fingerprints and family DNA profile to get gangster Chotta Shakeel’s hitman Sayyad Muzakkir Muddasar Hussain alias Munna Jhingada extradited from Thailand even as Pakistan continues to lay claim on the sharpshooter as its citizen.
A file photo Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station, Mumbai. (Kalpak Pathak/HT photo)
A file photo Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station, Mumbai. (Kalpak Pathak/HT photo)

Railway cops to beef up security at stations on New Year’s eve

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 29, 2016 01:09 PM IST
GRP officials said many people head to Marine Drive and Gateway of India to see fireworks, resulting in CST and Churchgate recording the highest footfalls for years now...
The notification had said that Naik justified suicide bombers, made subversive and derogatory speeches that promoted enmity in the society and gave birth to divisive ideologies against India.(HT File Photo)
The notification had said that Naik justified suicide bombers, made subversive and derogatory speeches that promoted enmity in the society and gave birth to divisive ideologies against India.(HT File Photo)

In Mumbai: IRF’s Dongri office gets ban notice

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 27, 2016 12:11 AM IST
The Mumbai police served a notice that bans IRF, to the legal representative of the organisation on Monday. The notice was issued by the unlawful activities (preventive) tribunal of the Delhi high court.
Zakir Naik issued another statement on Friday, criticising the Centre’s move of banning his Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) and registering a case against him.(HT Photo)
Zakir Naik issued another statement on Friday, criticising the Centre’s move of banning his Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) and registering a case against him.(HT Photo)

Zakir Naik’s Malaysian citizenship may impede NIA probe

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2016 01:15 AM IST
Amid the ongoing investigation against televangelist Zakir Naik and the lack of clarity on his current location, seen as a tactic to stay out of reach of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), it has now come to the fore that Naik has also bagged Malaysian citizenship.
Zakir Naik also questioned on the action being taken against his organisation when there have been inflammatory speeches being made by other religious leaders.(File photo)
Zakir Naik also questioned on the action being taken against his organisation when there have been inflammatory speeches being made by other religious leaders.(File photo)

Zakir Naik: IRF ban knee-jerk reaction by the Modi govt

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2016 01:34 AM IST
Naik’s now-banned Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) issued the statement-letter on his behalf stating that the religion’s name has been made synonymous with violence, while condoning the reckless behaviour of some majority religious leaders
A proposal under an ongoing modernisation project suggests providing the team with hovercraft, thermal cameras and satellite phones(HT File)
A proposal under an ongoing modernisation project suggests providing the team with hovercraft, thermal cameras and satellite phones(HT File)

26/11: Mumbai’s coastal security still being upgraded 8 years later

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2016 12:39 AM IST
Eight years after terrorists attacked Mumbai after entering the city through its coasts, the coastal police wing could finally be getting more equipment to help them function better
The NSEL case and its investigation will now continue under the supervision of DCP S Jayakumar (in picture), who had been with the EOW.(HT PHOTO)
The NSEL case and its investigation will now continue under the supervision of DCP S Jayakumar (in picture), who had been with the EOW.(HT PHOTO)

Mumbai’s Economic Offences Wing gets additional DCP to probe NSEL scam

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2016 03:03 PM IST
The move was announced on Wednesday, during the routine transfers of DCPs, with the EOW having been given an officer for exclusively supervising the alleged Rs5,600-crore National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL) fraud that involves alleged misappropriation and embezzlement of funds.
The SB, which investigated Naik’s activities and speeches, said it found they were subversive and liable to promote enmity between people of different religions.(HT)
The SB, which investigated Naik’s activities and speeches, said it found they were subversive and liable to promote enmity between people of different religions.(HT)

Subversive speeches, fund misuse behind ban on Zakir Naik’s IRF

Hidustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2016 12:24 AM IST
The ban on televangelist Zakir Naik’s NGO, the Islamic Research Foundation, and the charges against him, are based on investigations by two agencies, the special branch (SB) of the Mumbai police and the Economic Offences Wing (EOW).
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Mumbai Police raid an office of Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation, in Mumbai on Saturday.(PTI)
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Mumbai Police raid an office of Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation, in Mumbai on Saturday.(PTI)

NIA raids Zakir Naik’s offices and homes, prepares to block access to funds

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi and Rajesh Ahuja, Mumbai/new Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2016 12:58 AM IST
Federal anti-terrorism investigators searched a dozen offices and homes linked to televangelist Zakir Naik on Saturday, recovering cash and potentially incriminating documents, a day after police charged the controversial preacher with promoting terrorism.
The new surveillance vehicle.(HT Photo)
The new surveillance vehicle.(HT Photo)

Police get high-tech surveillance vehicle

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2016 12:44 AM IST
The van was procured as a part of the police modernisation program
The notice issued to the IRF at Dongri on Friday.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT)
The notice issued to the IRF at Dongri on Friday.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT)

Police send notice on ban to Zakir Naik’s IRF

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2016 12:41 AM IST
The IRF said they are seeking legal advice to challenge the ban
HT had first reported on August 8 that the government was planning to declare Naik’s outfit unlawful.
HT had first reported on August 8 that the government was planning to declare Naik’s outfit unlawful.

Mumbai police serve ban notification to Zakir Naik’s IRF

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2016 03:38 PM IST
The Mumbai police on Thursday received the order of the Union government, declaring controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) as unlawful under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
A departmental enquiry will be conducted against the API, Sanjay Mali, and if found guilty, action will be taken against him.
A departmental enquiry will be conducted against the API, Sanjay Mali, and if found guilty, action will be taken against him.

Cash crisis: 3 held, Mumbai cop suspended for promising new notes totalling Rs3 crore

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2016 01:15 PM IST
Three people were on Thursday arrested and an assistant police inspector (API) attached to Santacruz police station was suspended for allegedly duping a contractor by promising him new notes in exchange for the demonetised Rs500s and Rs1,000s with a face value of Rs3 crore.
Televangelist Zakir Naik’s IRF or anybody associated with it refused to come on record on the Centre’s action.(HT File Photo)
Televangelist Zakir Naik’s IRF or anybody associated with it refused to come on record on the Centre’s action.(HT File Photo)

Day after ban, it was business as usual for Mumbai IRF office

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2016 12:42 AM IST
People associated with the IRF said no agency has notified them on ban on any kind of activities
The police have stepped up the watch on commuters.(HT FILE PHOTO)
The police have stepped up the watch on commuters.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Demonetisation effect? Mumbai railway police reports 50% drop in theft cases

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2016 12:48 AM IST
The Government Railway Police (GRP) stated that 12 to 15 such incidents would be reported to railway police stations daily. But ever since the demonetization came into effect, the number of such incidents has slipped to six cases per day.
Televangelist Zakir Naik’s IRF headquarter is located in Dongri and its activities were investigated on chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ orders.(File photo)
Televangelist Zakir Naik’s IRF headquarter is located in Dongri and its activities were investigated on chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ orders.(File photo)

IRF ban: Mumbai police await notification, clarity before initiating action

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2016 12:13 AM IST
The Mumbai police has not received any notification pertaining to the ban on televangelist Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) and awaits one to initiate further action
The railway police stated that there are many other reasons apart from rise in number of passengers behind railway accidental deaths.(HT File Photo)
The railway police stated that there are many other reasons apart from rise in number of passengers behind railway accidental deaths.(HT File Photo)

Kurla-Mulund rail stretch the deadliest in Mumbai: Survey

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 16, 2016 12:37 AM IST
The suburban railway stretch from Kurla to Mulund is the most accident prone in Mumbai, according to the statistics collated by Praja Foundation
The officials seized computers and documents that were used by the accused and other people to commit the offence and tamper with the victim’s answer sheets in order to harass her.(HT File Photo)
The officials seized computers and documents that were used by the accused and other people to commit the offence and tamper with the victim’s answer sheets in order to harass her.(HT File Photo)

Cops seize school computer of teacher who sent lewd messages to 16-year-old

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2016 01:13 PM IST
Police said the incident was brought to the notice of the victim’s mother by one of her friends
Investigators said that as handlers are frequently arrested, smugglers now hand over smaller amounts of the counterfeit currency at a time, to avoid losses.(File photo)
Investigators said that as handlers are frequently arrested, smugglers now hand over smaller amounts of the counterfeit currency at a time, to avoid losses.(File photo)

10.56L fake currency seized from 19 suspected Bangla nationals this year

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 10, 2016 07:44 PM IST
Investigators said Bangladeshis cross over to India on foot, bearing small amounts of FICN. It is
Abdul Rauf, alias Dawood Merchant was convicted in the 1997 murder of singer Gulshan Kumar — and was sentenced for life in 2002. He jumped parole in 2009 and went absconding when released to meet his family.(Arijit Sen/HT photo)
Abdul Rauf, alias Dawood Merchant was convicted in the 1997 murder of singer Gulshan Kumar — and was sentenced for life in 2002. He jumped parole in 2009 and went absconding when released to meet his family.(Arijit Sen/HT photo)

Gulshan Kumar murder accused deported; handed over to Mumbai police

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2016 09:43 PM IST
Underworld gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s aide was handed over to the Indian authorities in Meghalaya late on Wednesday night and was then taken to the Guwahati airport via road
A photojournalist being beaten up by Bombay House security guards on Friday.(HT File Photo)
A photojournalist being beaten up by Bombay House security guards on Friday.(HT File Photo)

Mumbai: 3 more Bombay House guards held for assaulting photojournalists

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 08, 2016 12:04 AM IST
Three days after a group of security guards stationed outside Tata Group headquarters — Bombay House — attacked several photojournalists, the Mumbai police on Monday arrested three more accused.
GRP officials said that the accident took place between Charni Road and Grant Road stations.(HT FILE PHOTO)
GRP officials said that the accident took place between Charni Road and Grant Road stations.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Mumbai teen falls off train while doing stunts

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2016 03:27 PM IST
The Churchgate GRP officials are now trying to trace the first person who uploaded the video clip, which shows the around 18-year-old, wearing a red t-shirt, denim and a pair of sandals, falling from the train just before Grant Road station.
Most of these deaths were results of accidents at Kurla, Vashi, Mumbai Central, Dombivli, Andheri and Churchgate stations, among others(HT File Photo)
Most of these deaths were results of accidents at Kurla, Vashi, Mumbai Central, Dombivli, Andheri and Churchgate stations, among others(HT File Photo)

Diwali weekend in Mumbai trains: 39 dead in 90 accidents

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2016 01:53 PM IST
Diwali witnessed a mad rush in Mumbai local trains and the overcrowding, caused because of the delay in train arrivals and jaywalking across railway tracks led to 90 accidents on the local suburban section between Saturday and Tuesday.
The material seized from truck (above) included three buffer casings, five buffer plungers, nine big springs, seven small springs and 18 medium springs, in all weight 1,790 kg and worth several lakhs(HT photo)
The material seized from truck (above) included three buffer casings, five buffer plungers, nine big springs, seven small springs and 18 medium springs, in all weight 1,790 kg and worth several lakhs(HT photo)

RPF nab scrap thieves at Mumbai Central, seize material worth lakhs

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2016 12:49 PM IST
Tip-off from one of the informers resulted in a raid by senior RPF officials at the Carriage and Foreman Office premises

Pujari calls restaurant after his henchman slurs, fails to deliver

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2016 01:35 PM IST
On Saturday, the hotel’s landline received a phone call that was attended by one of the staffers. It was Pujari who had made the call.
The alert, issued last week, says explosives may be mixed with firecrackers for attacks, but there was no mention of a specific target or time.(HT photo for representation)
The alert, issued last week, says explosives may be mixed with firecrackers for attacks, but there was no mention of a specific target or time.(HT photo for representation)

Mumbai on high alert ahead of Diwali, cops beef up presence

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2016 10:09 AM IST
The alert, issued last week, says explosives may be mixed with firecrackers for attacks, but there was no mention of a specific target or time
Theb Diwali season sees gangs from across Maharashtra and neighbouring states make their way to Mumbai to target the festive season traveller.(HT)
Theb Diwali season sees gangs from across Maharashtra and neighbouring states make their way to Mumbai to target the festive season traveller.(HT)

Railway cops keep watch on Diwali gangs targeting travellers in Mumbai

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2016 10:56 AM IST
The railway crime branch is stepping up its game this Diwali season, a time that sees gangs from across Maharashtra and neighbouring states make their way to Mumbai to target the festive season traveller
Accused told the police that they were testing the coverage offered by the cameras mounted on the drones before renting them out for film shoots.(Pic for representation/Reuters)
Accused told the police that they were testing the coverage offered by the cameras mounted on the drones before renting them out for film shoots.(Pic for representation/Reuters)

3 held for operating camera-mounted drones in Kandivli

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2016 12:56 PM IST
One of the accused is a businessman who rents drone for movie shoots and the other two are his employees

Diva, Vashi to get railway crime branch units before Diwali

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON OCT 19, 2016 01:04 AM IST
It will start two new units at Diva and Vashi to tackle crimes on two most notorious railway stretches
The Government Railway Police took several measures to curb crimes and improved their detection rate this year.(Vijayanand Gupta/Hindustan Times)
The Government Railway Police took several measures to curb crimes and improved their detection rate this year.(Vijayanand Gupta/Hindustan Times)

Robbery cases fall as GRP’s detection rate touches 90 per cent

Hindustan Times | By Saurabh M Joshi, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON OCT 16, 2016 12:43 AM IST
The number of robberies registered till September this year was 45, as against 501 cases in the same period last year.
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