Soumen Datta

Soumen Datta

Soumen Datta is a Special Correspondent of Hindustan Times. He is a crime reporter having experience in crime and investigative reporting for more than 15 years.

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He was also about to use one himself, having purchased a few from an online retailer furnishing a fake identity proof, the NIA charge sheet submitted to a court in Kolkata last week claims.(HT Photo)
He was also about to use one himself, having purchased a few from an online retailer furnishing a fake identity proof, the NIA charge sheet submitted to a court in Kolkata last week claims.(HT Photo)

IS operative Mussa advocated use of pepper spray

Hindustan Times | By Soumen Datta
PUBLISHED ON DEC 28, 2016 11:16 AM IST
He was also about to use one himself, having purchased a few from an online retailer furnishing a fake identity proof, the NIA charge sheet submitted to a court in Kolkata last week claims.
IS suspect Mohammad Mussa was reported inspired to devote his life to IS by none other than Abu Sulaiman, the mastermind of Dhaka’s Holey Artisan Bakery attack.(File phot)
IS suspect Mohammad Mussa was reported inspired to devote his life to IS by none other than Abu Sulaiman, the mastermind of Dhaka’s Holey Artisan Bakery attack.(File phot)

IS suspect Mussa visited Delhi, Srinagar for recce to kill foreigners: NIA

Hindustan Times | By Soumen Datta
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2016 04:24 PM IST
IS suspect Mohammad Mussa who planned to attack the headquarters of Missionaries of Charity - Mother House in Kolkata also carried out “reconnaissance in Delhi and Srinagar for attacking and executing foreign tourists especially, Russians, Americans and British,” NIA has claimed in its charge sheet.
An Islamic State flag is seen in this picture illustration.(Reuters)
An Islamic State flag is seen in this picture illustration.(Reuters)

IS suspect planned to attack Mother House in Kolkata, kill foreigners: NIA

By Soumen Datta, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2016 07:50 PM IST
Islamic State suspect Mohammad Mussa, who was arrested in West Bengal on July 4, planned to carry out attacks on the headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity in central Kolkata, the National Investigation Agency believes. His aim was to target British, American and Russian tourists, who regularly visit the place, in retaliation to the bombing of IS forces in conflict-ridden West Asian countries by these world powers.
North 24-Parganas district registered 31 Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) cases during the six-month period, only second to Malda which recorded 45 cases .(HT Photo)
North 24-Parganas district registered 31 Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) cases during the six-month period, only second to Malda which recorded 45 cases .(HT Photo)

Now North 24-Parganas emerges as a fake note hub in Bengal

Hindustan Times | By Soumen Datta
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2016 10:26 AM IST
State Criminal Investigation Department even detected Rs 50 fake note from the district.
leuths from the National Investigation Agency produce suspected members of Islamic State before a NIA court.(PTI file photo for representation)
leuths from the National Investigation Agency produce suspected members of Islamic State before a NIA court.(PTI file photo for representation)

FBI sleuths to question IS suspect in Kolkata

By Soumen Datta, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2016 05:51 PM IST
A team of Federal Bureau of Investigation officers will arrive in Kolkata on Thursday to interrogate a suspected member of the Islamic State, who is believed to have indoctrinated several men to join the terror outfit.
Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar took the decision. However, serious traffic offences will not be let off.(HT Photo)
Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar took the decision. However, serious traffic offences will not be let off.(HT Photo)

You don’t have to pay traffic fines in Kolkata from today

Hindustan Times | By Soumen Datta, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON NOV 20, 2016 12:53 PM IST
Kolkata Police move follows cash crisis.
Saudi Arabia is home to large number of expats from India, who work there for better pay, one of them is Jayanta Biswas, who was sold as a slave to Saudi citizen and his whereabouts are still clueless.(AFP File Photo)
Saudi Arabia is home to large number of expats from India, who work there for better pay, one of them is Jayanta Biswas, who was sold as a slave to Saudi citizen and his whereabouts are still clueless.(AFP File Photo)

Kin of Indian youth sold as slave in Saudi Arabia seek govt help

Hindustan Times | By Soumen Datta, Kolkata
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2016 01:20 AM IST
The family members of Jayanta Biswas, the 23-year old automobile engineer who was sold as a slave to a Saudi Arabian citizen in that country, are still
Jayanta’s father Rabindranath Biswas wrote to the MEA detailing his son’s plight and appealed for help to arrange his return.(HT Photo)
Jayanta’s father Rabindranath Biswas wrote to the MEA detailing his son’s plight and appealed for help to arrange his return.(HT Photo)

Automobile engineer from Bengal sold as slave to Saudi citizen

Hindustan Times | By Soumen Datta, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON NOV 08, 2016 09:20 AM IST
Sexually abused and put in prison, Jayanta Biswas is waiting to return home. But he is stuck as he does not have a travel document.
Policemen lock the house where an IED exploded accidentally on October 2, 2014 revealing the biggest terror network operating in Bengal so far.(HT Photo)
Policemen lock the house where an IED exploded accidentally on October 2, 2014 revealing the biggest terror network operating in Bengal so far.(HT Photo)

Two JMB members accused in the Burdwan blast have joined IS

Hindustan times | By Soumen Datta, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON NOV 01, 2016 10:28 AM IST
They were experts in making IEDs and are believed to have fled to Syria.
NIA officers at Khagragarh, Burdwan. The agency wrapped up the investigation in a few months and unravelled the entire plot bringing into focus how a banned Bangladeshi terror outfit used the soil of Bengal to recruit youths, train them in weapons and made IEDs.(HT Photo)
NIA officers at Khagragarh, Burdwan. The agency wrapped up the investigation in a few months and unravelled the entire plot bringing into focus how a banned Bangladeshi terror outfit used the soil of Bengal to recruit youths, train them in weapons and made IEDs.(HT Photo)

Many NIA sleuths may go back to their parent cadre

Hindustan Times | By Soumen Datta, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2016 11:31 AM IST
They have completed the mandatory tenure. But the step can affect many high profile cases that the agency in investigating.
Traffic police personnel often bear the brunt of those who try to browbeat, and often simply beat them up, to get away after breaking the law.(HT Photo)
Traffic police personnel often bear the brunt of those who try to browbeat, and often simply beat them up, to get away after breaking the law.(HT Photo)

Policing the police, Kolkata traffic sergeants get body cameras

Hindustan Times | By Soumen Datta, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON SEP 03, 2016 11:00 AM IST
Politicians, their relatives and those used to throwing around their weight beware.
This was the first time smart cab drivers were involved in gruesome crimes such as abduction, rape and murder in Bengal.(File picture)
This was the first time smart cab drivers were involved in gruesome crimes such as abduction, rape and murder in Bengal.(File picture)

Two Ola drivers arrested for raping and murdering minor in Kolkata

Hindustan Times | By Soumen Datta, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON AUG 31, 2016 01:30 PM IST
They forced her into a car from a pavement for merriment.
Students at a vigil for the victims of Friday’s attack in Dhak, in Agartala on Sunday.(REUTERS)
Students at a vigil for the victims of Friday’s attack in Dhak, in Agartala on Sunday.(REUTERS)

Dhaka attack aftermath: High alert sounded in 5 states on Indo-Bangla border

Hindustan Times | By Soumen Datta and Bibhas Bhattacharyya, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2016 02:06 AM IST
Security agencies across Kolkata have stepped up security in the wake of Friday’s terror attack in neighbouring Bangladesh that left 20 dead.
A trekker pauses as he makes his way towards Everest Base camp, above Pheriche valley, Nepal. After the mountain remain closed for two years following an avalanche in April 2014 and the earthquake in April-May 2015, this year’s climbing season saw a huge rush of people.(AP File Photo)
A trekker pauses as he makes his way towards Everest Base camp, above Pheriche valley, Nepal. After the mountain remain closed for two years following an avalanche in April 2014 and the earthquake in April-May 2015, this year’s climbing season saw a huge rush of people.(AP File Photo)

Flirting with danger puts Bengal climbers at risk on Everest

Hindustan Times | By Soumen Datta, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2016 04:21 PM IST
There has been an alarming rise in the number of deaths of mountaineers from Bengal while scaling challenging peaks. Experts say a lack of fitness, not knowing when to quit and improper planning is egging people to their doom.
A file photo of Paresh Nath who has gone missing during his ascent to Mt Everest.
A file photo of Paresh Nath who has gone missing during his ascent to Mt Everest.

On Everest expedition, three climbers from Bengal go missing

Hindustan Times | By Soumen Datta, Kolkata
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2016 06:24 PM IST
Three Bengal climbers including a woman are missing after beginning their ascent to Mt Everest, a police official monitoring the expedition to the world highest peak said on Saturday.
People gather around a mangled vehicle after an under-construction flyover collapsed in Kolkata on Thursday.(Subhankar Chakraborty)
People gather around a mangled vehicle after an under-construction flyover collapsed in Kolkata on Thursday.(Subhankar Chakraborty)

Kolkata flyover collapse: ‘Cries for help from crushed taxi’

Hindustan Times | By Soumen Datta, Kolkata
UPDATED ON APR 01, 2016 01:50 PM IST
An under-construction flyover collapsed in a congested Kolkata neighbourhood on Thursday, killing at least 22 people and trapping hundreds underneath giant steel frames and concrete slabs.
The agency also learnt that Ashique Ahmed got in touch with these youths through social networking sites.(HT File Photo)
The agency also learnt that Ashique Ahmed got in touch with these youths through social networking sites.(HT File Photo)

Student spread IS ideology among youths in Bengal: NIA

Hindustan Times | By Soumen Datta, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON MAR 29, 2016 12:11 PM IST
After interrogating Durgapur polytechnic student Ashique Ahmed, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has learnt that he had managed to indoctrinate several youths from Bengal in the Islamic State’s (IS’s) ideology in the last six months.
Representative photo.
Representative photo.

Two detained for trying to bribe BJP’s Rahul Sinha

Hindustan Times | By Soumen Datta, Kolkata
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2016 03:55 PM IST
Subhasish Raychaudhuri and Aminul Rahaman met Sinha and offered ‘a huge amount’ to cross the border to smuggle cattle. Sinha made them wait and informed officers at the Jorasanko police station.
TMC leader and former West Bengal minister Madan Mitra arrives at a local court to surrender himself in Kolkata after Calcutta high court rejected his bail petition.(PTI)
TMC leader and former West Bengal minister Madan Mitra arrives at a local court to surrender himself in Kolkata after Calcutta high court rejected his bail petition.(PTI)

Saradha: CBI awaiting nod from Delhi to interrogate TMC MPs, minister

Hindustan Times | By Soumen Datta, Kolkata
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2015 04:05 PM IST
The step also marks the revival of the Saradha investigation which, opposition leaders have alleged, was relegated to the backburner for the past few months. Incidentally till early 2015 when the investigation slipped into slow gear, chief minister Mamata Banerjee repeatedly alleged in public meetings that BJP was using CBI to settle political scores with her party.
A combination of two close-up images of the declassified Netaji files.(Soumen DAtta/HT Photo)
A combination of two close-up images of the declassified Netaji files.(Soumen DAtta/HT Photo)

Bengal govt declassifies 64 Netaji files at Kolkata police academy

Hindustan Times | By Joydeep Thakur and Soumen Datta, Kolkata
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2015 01:20 PM IST
The West Bengal government declassified 64 closely-guarded files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at an event at a police museum in Kolkata on Friday.
A combination of two close-up images of the declassified Netaji files. (Soumen Datta/HT Photo)
A combination of two close-up images of the declassified Netaji files. (Soumen Datta/HT Photo)

Bengal govt declassifies 64 Netaji files at Kolkata police academy

Hindustan Times | By Joydeep Thakur and Soumen Datta, Kolkata
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2015 03:56 PM IST
The West Bengal government declassified 64 closely-guarded files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. People will not immediately have access to them
Saradha-Group-founder-Sudipta-Sen
Saradha-Group-founder-Sudipta-Sen

Saradha scam: ED traces Sen's property worth Rs 1,600 crore

Hindustan Times | By Soumen Datta, Kolkata
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2015 10:02 AM IST
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is giving final touches to its charge sheet in the multi-crore Saradha scam, with an attachment of Saradha’s Rs 1,600 crore property. The ED is still clueless about the details of the various bank transactions of Sudipta.

NIA gets proof: Fake currency carrier not minor but of 22

Hindustan Times | By Soumen Datta, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2015 01:29 PM IST
The NIA officers got in touch with officials of the district election commission and sought details of Barkat Ali’s voter’s ID. Barkat had claimed in court the he was 15 and hence should be treated as a minor. His school records show he was born on January 2, 2000.
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South-Kolkata-flat-where-77-year-old-Aurobindo-Dey-lived-with-the-skeletons-of-his-daughter-and-two-pet-dogs-SubhankarChakraborty-HT-Photo

In Kolkata, man found living with skeletons of sister and 2 pet dogs

Hindustan Times | By Soumen Datta, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2015 03:44 PM IST
A 77-year-old man and his son lived in the heart of Kolkata for over six months with the skeletons of his daughter and two pet dogs, even feeding them, police said late Wednesday.
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HT Image

State to send crack mountaineering team to locate Chhanda Gayen

Hindustan Times | By Soumen Datta, Kolkata
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2015 11:26 AM IST
The state government is in the process of putting together a team of mountaineers, who are to embark on a mission to retrieve the mortal remains of ace climber and Everest summiteer Chhanda Gayen and two Sherpas in the treacherous snows of Kanchenjunga.

Riverfront makeover hits a bump

Hindustan Times | By Soumen Datta, Kolkata
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2015 01:07 PM IST
In a landmark judgment, the National Green Tribunal (NGT)’s East Zone bench on Friday issued ‘immediate and indefinite injunction’ for all types of construction works across the banks of the Hooghly which did not have proper permission from the appropriate authorities.
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HT Image

Bengal cops keep hawk eye to check Maoists along border

Hindustan Times | By Soumen Datta, Kolkata
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2015 12:10 PM IST
The West Bengal Police is leaving no stone unturned to fend off Maoists from its borders, and on Thursday, cops gave their Jharkhand counterparts specific information about the location of Naxalite leaders, who laid siege to a border village in the state. But the Jharkhand cops made an unusual delay in reacting after the tip-off.

CBI to quiz Mitra’s son for wedding costs

Hindustan Times | By Soumen Datta, Kolkata
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2015 11:23 PM IST
In further trouble for state transport minister Madan Mitra in the Saradha scam case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to quiz his elder son Swarup about his income, bank details and other assets, sources said.
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HT Image

Kapil Sibal to fight for TMC in SC after all

Hindustan Times | By Soumen Datta, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2015 02:01 PM IST
Despite All India Congress Committee asking senior advocate and former Union minister Kapil Sibal to return the brief to the West Bengal government, it appears he will fight the case, said a legal adviser to Trinamool all-India general secretary Mukul Roy.
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