Saurav Roy

Saurav Roy

Saurav Roy is a senior correspondent in Jharkhand. He writes on education, industry, human rights and politics. He has extensively covered the human trafficking rackets of Jharkhand and has special interest in writing about modern day slavery.

Articles by Saurav Roy
Six men allegedly abducted and gang raped a 13-year-old girl in a village in Jharkhand’s Gumla district Saturday night.(HT PHOTO)
Six men allegedly abducted and gang raped a 13-year-old girl in a village in Jharkhand’s Gumla district Saturday night.(HT PHOTO)

Teen in Jharkhand village abducted, gang raped

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Saurav Roy
PUBLISHED ON MAY 15, 2017 05:39 PM IST
Police have launched a manhunt for six men who allegedly abducted a 13-year-old tribal girl and gang raped her on the intervening night of Saturday-Sunday in a village in Jharkhand’s Gumla district.
Kundan Pahan was associated with the CPI (Maoist) for 15 years and is reportedly in police custody.(Parwaz Khan/ HT File Photo)
Kundan Pahan was associated with the CPI (Maoist) for 15 years and is reportedly in police custody.(Parwaz Khan/ HT File Photo)

Maoists have deviated from ideology, says surrendered rebel Kundan Pahan

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By B Vijay Murty and Saurav Roy
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2017 07:37 AM IST
Kundan Pahan was once the most dreaded Maoist leader of Jharkhand. But he is said to have moved out of the rebel outfit three years back.
Traffic police during checking drive in Ranchi(HT File Photo)
Traffic police during checking drive in Ranchi(HT File Photo)

Button cameras to keep eye on traffic violators

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Saurav Roy
PUBLISHED ON MAY 11, 2017 04:24 PM IST
Traffic department had procured 100 button cameras a fortnight ago and fitted them in cops’ uniforms
VC of Central University of Jharkhand - Dr Nand Kumar Yadav addressing a press conference in Ranchi(HT Photo)
VC of Central University of Jharkhand - Dr Nand Kumar Yadav addressing a press conference in Ranchi(HT Photo)

CUJ VC dismisses allegations levelled by tribal professor

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Saurav Roy
PUBLISHED ON MAY 09, 2017 07:07 PM IST
Shilpi Hembrom, a tribal woman and assistant professor, had in a written complaint to Ranchi Scheduled Tribe/Scheduled Caste police station last Wednesday accused Yadav of passing racist remarks, harassing her and keeping an eye on her daily activities
Over 4.6 lakh students appeared for the Class 10 board exam under JAC this year across 941 centres. The intermediate exams were conducted across 444 centres for 3,26,107 students.(Deepak Gupta/ HT file)
Over 4.6 lakh students appeared for the Class 10 board exam under JAC this year across 941 centres. The intermediate exams were conducted across 444 centres for 3,26,107 students.(Deepak Gupta/ HT file)

Jharkhand Class 10 and Class 12 (science and commerce) exam results on May 30

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Saurav Roy
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2017 10:53 PM IST
Over 4.6 lakh students appeared for the Class 10 board exam under JAC this year across 941 centres. The intermediate exams were conducted across 444 centres for 3,26,107 students.
According to the state labour department, at least five million daily wagers across Jharkhand travel from rural areas to cities in search of work everyday(Diwakar Prasad/HT Photo)
According to the state labour department, at least five million daily wagers across Jharkhand travel from rural areas to cities in search of work everyday(Diwakar Prasad/HT Photo)

‘Sheds, drinking water, toilet facilities for daily wagers’

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Saurav Roy
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2017 08:46 PM IST
Chief minister Raghubar Das asked the deputy commissioners of all the 24 districts here to identify the areas that need shed and other facilities for daily wage labourers, prepare an estimate and send the proposal to the state labour department
A file picture showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Jharkhand governor Droupadi Murmu and chief minister Raghubar Das in Sahibganj in April. The BJP governments in the state and the Centre have come under attack from tribals, and appointing Murmu as President could help win back their support.(PTI FILE PHOTO)
A file picture showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Jharkhand governor Droupadi Murmu and chief minister Raghubar Das in Sahibganj in April. The BJP governments in the state and the Centre have come under attack from tribals, and appointing Murmu as President could help win back their support.(PTI FILE PHOTO)

‘Nominating Droupadi Murmu as President may help BJP shed anti-tribal image’

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Saurav Roy, Ranchi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2017 04:04 PM IST
The ruling party has been facing backlash from tribal outfits in Odisha and Jharkhand, and can win back their support through Murmu, feel tribal activists and leaders.
School children take part in an awareness campaign against child marriage.(PTI photo)
School children take part in an awareness campaign against child marriage.(PTI photo)

Jharkhand: Child marriage averted as tribal girl escapes, seeks police help

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Saurav Roy
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2017 02:15 PM IST
According to the Annual Health Survey 2012-13, Jharkhand ranks third after Rajasthan and Bihar as far as child marriages are concerned. As many as 51.8% girls are married off before they turn 18 every year.
School children take part in an awareness campaign against child marriage.(PTI photo)
School children take part in an awareness campaign against child marriage.(PTI photo)

Jharkhand: Child marriage averted as tribal girl escapes, seeks police help

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Saurav Roy
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2017 09:46 AM IST
According to the Annual Health Survey 2012-13, Jharkhand ranks third after Rajasthan and Bihar as far as child marriages are concerned. As many as 51.8% girls are married off before they turn 18 every year.
Jharkhand was the first state to witness a series of such Aadhaar information leaks on government websites across India this week.(File Photo)
Jharkhand was the first state to witness a series of such Aadhaar information leaks on government websites across India this week.(File Photo)

Aadhaar leak no temporary glitch but a long-running problem: Economist Jean Dreze

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Saurav Roy
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2017 06:31 PM IST
Jharkhand was the first state to witness a series of such Aadhaar information leaks on government websites across India this week. It was also the gravest, considering that it made personal banking details and Aadhaar-related information of over 1.4 million pensioners available for days.
Volunteers of vigilante group Gau Raksha Dal during a patrol on a national highway.(AFP File)
Volunteers of vigilante group Gau Raksha Dal during a patrol on a national highway.(AFP File)

Cops, scribes injured as cow vigilantes trigger tension in Jharkhand’s Giridih

Hindustan Times, Giridih/Ranchi | By Pankaj Kumar and Saurav Roy
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2017 06:06 PM IST
Tension simmered after cow vigilantes found three bovine-laden trucks on way to Bengal from Bihar via Bengabad-Madhupur. The protests by the Gau Rakshaks against alleged cow smuggling took a violent turn.
Women in Rasjasthan showing their respective Aadhaar cards.(PTI File Photo)
Women in Rasjasthan showing their respective Aadhaar cards.(PTI File Photo)

Days after Jharkhand breach, govt websites continue to bleed Aadhaar data

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/ Ranchi | By Aman Sethi, Samarth Bansal and Saurav Roy
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2017 06:31 PM IST
Digital identities of more than a million citizens had been compromised by a programming error on a website maintained by the Jharkhand Directorate of Social Security.
Cyber security analysts warn of vulnerabilities that could lead to hacking of identity details of individuals.(PTI)
Cyber security analysts warn of vulnerabilities that could lead to hacking of identity details of individuals.(PTI)

Aadhaar detail leak in Jharkhand sign of deep cyber security flaws: Experts

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Ranchi | By Aman Sethi, Saurav Roy and Samarth Bansal
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2017 07:54 AM IST
Cyber security analysts warn of vulnerabilities that could lead to hacking of identity details of individuals.
HT Image(HT File Photo)
HT Image(HT File Photo)

Details of over a million Aadhaar numbers published on Jharkhand govt website

Hindustan Times, New Delhi and Ranchi | By Aman Sethi, Samarth Bansal and Saurav Roy, New Delhi And Ranchi
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2017 11:04 AM IST
Jharkhand has over 1.6 million pensioners, 1.4 million of whom have seeded their bank accounts with their Aadhaar numbers to avail of direct bank transfers for their monthly pensions. Their personal details are now freely available.
The accused was accused of raping the five-year-old girl, and then burying her neck-deep in sand.
The accused was accused of raping the five-year-old girl, and then burying her neck-deep in sand.

Mob justice: Jharkhand villager beaten to death for ‘raping’ five-year-old girl

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Saurav Roy
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2017 02:14 PM IST
Jawahar Lohar was accused of sexually assaulting the minor several times, and then burying her neck-deep in sand to prevent her from escaping.
Dr Mukut Minz, the surgeon who performed a kidney transplant on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said that her decision to get the surgery done in the country underlined her faith in Indian doctors.(HT PHOTO)
Dr Mukut Minz, the surgeon who performed a kidney transplant on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said that her decision to get the surgery done in the country underlined her faith in Indian doctors.(HT PHOTO)

Surgeon thanks Sushma Swaraj for trusting Indian doctor, govt hospital

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Saurav Roy
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2017 07:10 PM IST
Dr Mukut Minz who hit the headlines when he performed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s kidney transplant last year, says her decision to get the surgery done in the country shows her faith in Indian doctors.
Tribal students affiliated to the Advasi Chatra Sangh took out a symbolic ‘funeral procession’ of the BJP state government on Tuesday to protest the renaming of Ranchi’s oldest college as Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee University.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT PHOTO)
Tribal students affiliated to the Advasi Chatra Sangh took out a symbolic ‘funeral procession’ of the BJP state government on Tuesday to protest the renaming of Ranchi’s oldest college as Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee University.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT PHOTO)

Jharkhand tribal students protest ‘saffronisation’ of higher education

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Saurav Roy
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2017 11:19 AM IST
Angry over the over the renaming of Ranchi College as Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee University, tribal students in the Jharkhand capital took out a ‘funeral procession’ of the BJP state government accusing it of ‘saffronising’ higher education.
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) team of university Grant Commission(UGC) visits Ranchi University campus in Ranchi on Monday(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) team of university Grant Commission(UGC) visits Ranchi University campus in Ranchi on Monday(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

NAAC team visits RU for first time since formation

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Saurav Roy
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2017 07:59 PM IST
RU failed to make it to the list of top 100 universities released by the Ministry of Human Resource Development last month as it did not have a NAAC accreditation
In less than a week, the Ranchi police was deployed to break up a clash on the city’s MG Road after a rickshaw driver concocted a story of being asked to chant religious slogans and being beaten up for refusing.(Parwaz Khan/ Hindustan Times)
In less than a week, the Ranchi police was deployed to break up a clash on the city’s MG Road after a rickshaw driver concocted a story of being asked to chant religious slogans and being beaten up for refusing.(Parwaz Khan/ Hindustan Times)

Rickshaw driver’s story gives road rage incident a communal turn in Ranchi

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Saurav Roy
PUBLISHED ON APR 16, 2017 06:40 PM IST
A tenuous peace in Ranchi came under threat once again with a rickshaw driver concocting a story that threatened to turn an incident of road rage into a communal clash.
Students of National University of Study and Research in Law(NSURL) staged demonstration at NSURL campus , Nagri in Ranchi on Wednesday(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
Students of National University of Study and Research in Law(NSURL) staged demonstration at NSURL campus , Nagri in Ranchi on Wednesday(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

NUSRL gets new VC after students’ protest

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Saurav Roy
PUBLISHED ON APR 13, 2017 07:28 PM IST
Students of the institution had been protesting against ‘alleged’ administrative lapses and misappropriation of funds by the authorities of the NUSRL.
Police lathi charge stone pelters in Mahatma Gandhi Marg in Ranchi on Tuesday.(Parwaz Khan/HT Photo)
Police lathi charge stone pelters in Mahatma Gandhi Marg in Ranchi on Tuesday.(Parwaz Khan/HT Photo)

‘Objectionable’ song sparks communal tension in Ranchi

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Saurav Roy
PUBLISHED ON APR 11, 2017 07:20 PM IST
Police in Ranchi nipped a possible communal clash in the bud after two groups clashed with each other in one of the city’s busiest roads over an ‘objectionable’ song.
Laxman Singh Munda, who is spearheading the RSS campaign in the region, says the organisation wants a “Christianity-free” block. “The villagers will soon return to their roots,” says Munda.(PTI file photo)
Laxman Singh Munda, who is spearheading the RSS campaign in the region, says the organisation wants a “Christianity-free” block. “The villagers will soon return to their roots,” says Munda.(PTI file photo)

RSS converts 53 families in drive to make block in Jharkhand ‘Christianity-free’

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Saurav Roy
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2017 08:05 PM IST
RSS believes the villages, part of the Sindri panchayat, have been ‘hijacked’ by Christian missionaries over the last 10 years.
Actress Vidya Balan, Director and Producer - Mahesh Bhatt addressing media for the promotion of film "Begum Jaan" in Ranchi, on Saturday(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
Actress Vidya Balan, Director and Producer - Mahesh Bhatt addressing media for the promotion of film "Begum Jaan" in Ranchi, on Saturday(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

Balan may act in Nagpuri film if script is appealing

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Saurav Roy
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2017 01:51 PM IST
Begum Jaan is the first commercial Bollywood film made under the Jharkhand film policy, 2015.
Jharkhand assembly Speaker Dinesh Oraon flags off anti human trafficking caravan during the programme "Be Alert Raise Alarm -Stops Human Trafficking " organised jointly by state government ad US Consulate General (Kolkata) at Audrey house in Ranchi on Friday.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo)
Jharkhand assembly Speaker Dinesh Oraon flags off anti human trafficking caravan during the programme "Be Alert Raise Alarm -Stops Human Trafficking " organised jointly by state government ad US Consulate General (Kolkata) at Audrey house in Ranchi on Friday.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo)

Anti-trafficking caravan for J’khand, Bihar

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Saurav Roy
PUBLISHED ON APR 08, 2017 09:52 AM IST
The US consulate general Kolkata in collaboration with New Delhi-based NGO Shakti Vahini and Kolkata’s Banglanatak.com launched the caravan under their ‘Be Alert, Raise Alarm #stophumantrafficking’ campaign which was kick started in Kolkata on March 17.
Members of EJ, a socio welfare group holding a health check up camp at Bariyatu Old Age Home. Doctors found high stress and anxiety levels among the senior citizens.(HT Photo)
Members of EJ, a socio welfare group holding a health check up camp at Bariyatu Old Age Home. Doctors found high stress and anxiety levels among the senior citizens.(HT Photo)

J’khand’s 11.1% population suffers from mental disorders: CIP survey

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Saurav Roy
PUBLISHED ON APR 07, 2017 09:24 PM IST
The survey revealed that 12% of the population in Jharkhand was suffering from substance abuse disorders, and tobacco was the most common substance used.
President Pranab Mukherjee sharing a light moment with chief minister Raghubar Das during the foundation laying function of Rabindra Bhawan and Haj house at Court road in Ranchi on Sunday(Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo)
President Pranab Mukherjee sharing a light moment with chief minister Raghubar Das during the foundation laying function of Rabindra Bhawan and Haj house at Court road in Ranchi on Sunday(Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo)

Appeasement of none, development for all: Das

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Saurav Roy and Sanjoy Dey
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2017 10:28 AM IST
The state cabinet, in 2006-07, had cleared a proposal of the welfare department for construction of a five-storied Haj House on a one-acre plot in Kadru at an estimated cost of Rs 4.8 crore.
President Pranab Mukherjee laying the foundation stone of Rabindra Bhawan and Haj house in the presence of Governor Draupadi Murmu and Chief Minister Raghubar Das at Court road in Ranchi on Sunday.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo)
President Pranab Mukherjee laying the foundation stone of Rabindra Bhawan and Haj house in the presence of Governor Draupadi Murmu and Chief Minister Raghubar Das at Court road in Ranchi on Sunday.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo)

Skill development will script future of developed India: President Mukherjee

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Sanjoy Dey & Saurav Roy
PUBLISHED ON APR 03, 2017 09:07 AM IST
Mukherjee, who inaugurated and laid foundation of a slew of projects in Jharkhand on Sunday, said these would define the state’s infrastructural and cultural progress in near future.
Students burning an effigy of chief minister Raghubar Das and RSS while protesting the new name Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee university of Ranchi college at Morhabadi campus in Ranchi on Monday(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
Students burning an effigy of chief minister Raghubar Das and RSS while protesting the new name Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee university of Ranchi college at Morhabadi campus in Ranchi on Monday(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

Tribal students’ body locks Ranchi College over ‘saffronisation’

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Saurav Roy
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2017 11:42 AM IST
The students alleged that naming the college after Mukherjee was an effort by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government to saffronise the education system in Jharkhand.
Several protest marches and signature campaigns by student unions followed the recommendation made about a month ago.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo)
Several protest marches and signature campaigns by student unions followed the recommendation made about a month ago.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo)

Uproar over renaming Ranchi’s oldest college after BJP founder

Hindustan Times | By Saurav Roy, Ranchi
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2017 11:04 AM IST
The rechristening of Ranchi University’s oldest college, Ranchi College to Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee University, has led to a students’ uproar against alleged saffronisation of higher education in Jharkhand.
Chief Minister Raghubar Das along with Union Minister of state for Civil Aviation-Jayant Sinha and others witnesses an MOU for the expansion project of Deoghar airport in Ranchi on Saturday(Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo)
Chief Minister Raghubar Das along with Union Minister of state for Civil Aviation-Jayant Sinha and others witnesses an MOU for the expansion project of Deoghar airport in Ranchi on Saturday(Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo)

Jharkhand inks MoU for Deoghar airport expansion

Hindustan Times | By Saurav Roy
PUBLISHED ON MAR 26, 2017 04:26 PM IST
The most backward region of Jharkhand is also expected to witness industrial growth due to air travel and cargo facility at Deoghar airport.
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