Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri

I am a special correspondent with Hindustan Times, Kolkata. Currently, I am reporting on the administrative and political scenarios in West Bengal. I have spent around 21 years in reporting in areas like politics, state administration and state finance.

Articles by Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri

6 years, 9 victims and an unlikely serial killer

In India, crimes with no serious injury usually figure low on the police’s priority list. However, in Haoladar’s case, Santanu Choudhury, the sub-divisional police officer of Kalna town, reached her home within the hour. Choudhury suspected the incident may have something to do with two murders and three recent attempted murders in neighbouring Kalna and Memari, and in Balagarh in Hooghly district.
Kamruzzaman Sarkar, the 37-year-old suspected serial killer, is brought to the Kalna court for hearing, at Kalna, in East Burdwan district of West Bengal, India. (Photo Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
Kamruzzaman Sarkar, the 37-year-old suspected serial killer, is brought to the Kalna court for hearing, at Kalna, in East Burdwan district of West Bengal, India. (Photo Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 27, 2019 07:44 AM IST
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‘Efforts to topple my government will be fruitless’: Mamata Banerjee slams BJP amid face-off with Centre

The Bengal chief Minister also launched a campaign to take on corruption in the state in what is seen as a last-ditch effort check graft at the ground level.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee speaks during a press conference after the state-level administrative review meeting, at State Secretariat on Monday.(PTI)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee speaks during a press conference after the state-level administrative review meeting, at State Secretariat on Monday.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 10, 2019 09:04 PM IST
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Bengal BJP leaders demand immediate polls in 18 state civic bodies

The BJP stance has been prompted by the fact that out of these 18 civic bodies, the party was ahead of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) in ten according to the Lok Sabha poll results.
BJP leaders in West Bengal have demanded elections be held in 18 municipalities in the state, the terms of which ended in the last quarter of 2018 but are run by state government-appointed administrators.(AFP Photo)
BJP leaders in West Bengal have demanded elections be held in 18 municipalities in the state, the terms of which ended in the last quarter of 2018 but are run by state government-appointed administrators.(AFP Photo)
Published on Jun 07, 2019 04:36 PM IST
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‘Fruitless to attend’: Mamata Banerjee’s RSVP for PM Modi’s Niti Aayog meet

Mamata Banerjee described the Niti Aayog governing council meeting as an unproductive exercise since the government’s think-tank does not really have any financial powers.
Mamata Banerjee has refused to fly down to national capital Delhi for the Niti Aayog governing council meeting on June 15(REUTERS FILE)
Mamata Banerjee has refused to fly down to national capital Delhi for the Niti Aayog governing council meeting on June 15(REUTERS FILE)
Updated on Jun 07, 2019 01:21 PM IST
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BJP takes control of Bhatpara municipal body, the first in Bengal

Though a majority of the councillors from the civic bodies in Halisahar, Kanchrapara and Naihati switched over to the BJP recently, the election of the chairman of the boards in the municipalities is yet to be held.
West Bengal’s Bhatpara municipality became the first civic body in the state to come under the control of the BJP in Bengal.(ANI Photo/Representative Image)
West Bengal’s Bhatpara municipality became the first civic body in the state to come under the control of the BJP in Bengal.(ANI Photo/Representative Image)
Updated on Jun 04, 2019 05:48 PM IST
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Bengal ‘serial killer’ entered homes as power dept staffer

Sarkar allegedly targeted 12 women and killed six of them
Kamruzzaman Sarkar, the 37-year-old suspected serial killer, is brought to the Kalna court for hearing, at Kalna, in East Burdwan district of West Bengal(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
Kamruzzaman Sarkar, the 37-year-old suspected serial killer, is brought to the Kalna court for hearing, at Kalna, in East Burdwan district of West Bengal(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 04, 2019 09:52 AM IST
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Bengal govt changes four commissioners for Bidhannagar Police in as many days

On May 26, Gyanwant Singh, who was removed by the Election Commission of India before the Lok Sabha polls, was reinstated as BCP commissioner.
The West Bengal government has once again changed the commissioner of Bidhannagar City Police (BCP) on Wednesday (Representative Image)(ANI)
The West Bengal government has once again changed the commissioner of Bidhannagar City Police (BCP) on Wednesday (Representative Image)(ANI)
Updated on May 30, 2019 03:09 PM IST
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In setback to Mamata Banerjee, 3 Bengal legislators, 56 councillors join BJP

Some of the councillors, including the chairman of Halisahar municipality and vice-chairperson of Kanchrapara municipality, said while speaking to reporters that they have decided to join the BJP following in the steps of Subhranshu Roy.
Subhranshu Roy was expelled on May 24, just a day after Lok Sabha election result was announced, for making anti-party comments by praising his father Mukul Roy. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Subhranshu Roy was expelled on May 24, just a day after Lok Sabha election result was announced, for making anti-party comments by praising his father Mukul Roy. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on May 18, 2020 12:56 AM IST
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West Bengal 12th Result 2019: WBCHSE announces result, overall pass percent is 86.92. Full details here

West Bengal 12th Board result declared. A total of 86.92% students passed this year. The pass percentage is higher than last year’s figure of 83.75%
West Bengal 12th Result 2019 declared(HT)
West Bengal 12th Result 2019 declared(HT)
Updated on May 27, 2019 11:39 AM IST
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Announced: West Bengal 12th Result 2019 declared at wbchse.nic.in, check it here

West Bengal Class 12 Results 2019 declared: West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) has declared the results for Uccha Madhyamik or the Class 12 board examination, 2019.
West Bengal 12th Result 2019 declared(HT File)
West Bengal 12th Result 2019 declared(HT File)
Updated on May 27, 2019 11:23 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kolkata/New Delhi | BySumanta Ray Chaudhuri and Nilesh Mathur

West Bengal 12th Result 2019: WBCHSE Class 12 result declared, check at wbchse.nic.in

West Bengal 12th Result 2019: West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) has declared the results for Uccha Madhyamik or the Class 12 board examination.
West Bengal 12th Result 2019 result declared(HT File)
West Bengal 12th Result 2019 result declared(HT File)
Updated on May 27, 2019 11:26 AM IST
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West Bengal 12th Result 2019 declared, here are the highlights

West Bengal 12th Result 2019 highlights: The wait is over. West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) has declared the results of West Bengal 12th Result 2019 today, May 27.West Bengal 12th Result 2019 can be checked at wbchse.nic.in. Over 8 lakh students had appeared for the West Bengal 12th exam 2019. Candidates will be able to check their West Bengal 12th Result 2019 on the official website at wbchse.nic.in after it is declared. This year the Class 12 board examinations in West Bengal was conducted from February 26 to March 13.This year the total number of candidates appearing in the examination stands at 8,16,243. Last year, the number of aspirants was 8,07,345. This year the number of girl aspirants was 63,413 more than the number of boys.Follow LIVE UPDATES here: (keep refreshing the page for updates)

West Bengal 12th Result 2019 highlights(HT File)
West Bengal 12th Result 2019 highlights(HT File)
Updated on May 27, 2019 04:35 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySumanta Ray Chaudhuri and Nandini

West Bengal 12th Result 2019: WBCHSE Uccha Madhyamik results tomorrow

West Bengal Class 12 Results 2019: West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) will declare the results for Uccha Madhyamik or the Class 12 board examination, 2019 tomorrow on May 27.
West Bengal WBCHSE 12th Result 2019 will be declared tomorrow(HT File)
West Bengal WBCHSE 12th Result 2019 will be declared tomorrow(HT File)
Updated on May 26, 2019 12:35 PM IST
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West Bengal Class 12 Result 2019 date: WBCHSE Uccha Madhyamik results on May 27

West Bengal Class 12 Results 2019 date: West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) will declare the results for Uccha Madhyamik or the Class 12 board examination, 2019 on May 27.
West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) will declare the results for Uccha Madhyamik or the Class 12 board examination, 2019 on May 27.(Hindustan Times)
West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) will declare the results for Uccha Madhyamik or the Class 12 board examination, 2019 on May 27.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 24, 2019 04:40 PM IST
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West Bengal board 10th result 2019 declared, Saugata Das tops WBBSE matric exam with 99.14% marks

West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) declared the results for Madhyamik or Class 10 board examinations on May 21.
West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) declared the results for Madhyamik or Class 10 board examinations on May 21.(HT file)
West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) declared the results for Madhyamik or Class 10 board examinations on May 21.(HT file)
Updated on May 21, 2019 02:56 PM IST
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WBBSE Class 10th Madhyamik result 2019 declared, 86.07% students pass West Bengal board SSC exam, check details here

West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) declared the results for Madhyamik or Class 10 board examinations on May 21.
WBBSE declares the results for Madhyamik or Class 10 board examinations.(HT file)
WBBSE declares the results for Madhyamik or Class 10 board examinations.(HT file)
Updated on May 21, 2019 02:57 PM IST
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WBBSE 10th Madhyamik result declared. Check West Bengal board Class 10 results at wbbse.org

WBBSE class 10th madhyamik Result 2019: West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) declared the results for Madhyamik or Class 10 board examination on Tuesday.
WBBSE class 10th Result 2019: West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) declared the results for Madhyamik or Class 10 board examination on May 21.(HT file)
WBBSE class 10th Result 2019: West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) declared the results for Madhyamik or Class 10 board examination on May 21.(HT file)
Updated on May 21, 2019 09:55 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kolkata/New Delhi | BySumanta Ray Chaudhuri and Nilesh Mathur

WBBSE West Bengal Board Madhyamik Result declared: Here are the highlights

West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) has declared the results for Madhyamik 2019 or Bengal’s Class 10 board examination today. Over 10 lakh candidates will get their results today. According to WBBSE president, Kalyanmoy Ganguly, the results will be declared on May 21 at 10 am and on the same day the aspirants will be able to collect their marksheets from their respective schools. “Students will also be able to check their results on the official websites of the board namely wbbse.org and wbresults.nic.in,” Ganguly said.

WBBSE 10th Madhyamik Result Highlights(Ht file)
WBBSE 10th Madhyamik Result Highlights(Ht file)
Updated on May 21, 2019 07:28 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNandini and Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri

WBBSE 10th Madhyamik Result 2019 today. How to check West Bengal Board results

WBBSE 10th Madhyamik result 2019 will be declared today . How to check results of West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) Madhyamik 2019 or Class 10 board examination.
WBBSE 10th Madhyamik Result 2019 tomorrow(HT)
WBBSE 10th Madhyamik Result 2019 tomorrow(HT)
Updated on May 21, 2019 08:42 AM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Kolkata community clubs within 200m of booths to be closed from Friday, says EC

Community clubs that are present in almost all neighbourhoods in Kolkata are often used as decentralised war rooms by political parties will remain closed Friday onwards.
In the last phase, elections would be held in nine constituencies in Kolkata and the adjoining districts of 24 Parganas.(Manoj Kumar/Hindustan Times)
In the last phase, elections would be held in nine constituencies in Kolkata and the adjoining districts of 24 Parganas.(Manoj Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 14, 2019 04:55 PM IST
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West Bengal Board Result 2019: WBBSE 10th Madhyamik result declared, check it here

West Bengal Board Result 2019 date West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) will declare the results for Madhyamik 2019 or Bengal’s Class 10 board examination on May 21.
West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) will declare the results for Madhyamik 2019 or Bengal’s Class 10 board examination on May 21.(Ht file)
West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) will declare the results for Madhyamik 2019 or Bengal’s Class 10 board examination on May 21.(Ht file)
Updated on May 21, 2019 10:10 AM IST
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Cyclone Fani creates panic in Kolkata; mayor orders removal of hoardings

Hotel owners in tourist spots along West Bengal’s coastline such as Digha, Mandarmani, Tajpur and Shankarpur fear a loss of business even if their resorts escape the brunt of the storm’s fury.
Fishermen try to control their boat amidst rough sea waters at Odisha’s Puri beach, Tuesday, April 30 2019.(PTI Photo)
Fishermen try to control their boat amidst rough sea waters at Odisha’s Puri beach, Tuesday, April 30 2019.(PTI Photo)
Published on May 02, 2019 04:47 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Midnapore/Kolkata | ByKoushik Dutta and Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri

Only central forces to provide security to polling stations in Bengal

The EC has been boosting the deployment of central forces in polling stations in Bengal in a graded manner since the elections began on April 11.
Security personnel at the scene of a clash during the 2nd phase of Lok Sabha elections, in North Dinajpur district of West Bengal on April 18.(PTI)
Security personnel at the scene of a clash during the 2nd phase of Lok Sabha elections, in North Dinajpur district of West Bengal on April 18.(PTI)
Updated on May 01, 2019 11:16 AM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: EC transfers seven police officers in Bengal; 13 since polls were announced

Despite welcoming the EC’s step, Communist Party of India (Marxist) central committee member Sujan Chakraborty wondered of what use transfers done in the eleventh hour could be.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee and her party leaders have criticised the transfer of police officers in the state, alleging that these were done at the behest of the party ruling at the centre.(Burhaan Kinu/HT File PHOTO)
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee and her party leaders have criticised the transfer of police officers in the state, alleging that these were done at the behest of the party ruling at the centre.(Burhaan Kinu/HT File PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 22, 2019 07:11 PM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Congress’s poor performance led to the rise of BJP, says Mamata Banerjee

The Congress hit back immediately. “Mamata Banerjee is herself responsible for providing the BJP with oxygen in West Bengal to secure minority votes,” said Somen Mitra, party’s state chief.
All India Trinamool Congress Suprimo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during an election rally at Islampur in West Bengal on Tuesday.(ANI file photo)
All India Trinamool Congress Suprimo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during an election rally at Islampur in West Bengal on Tuesday.(ANI file photo)
Updated on Apr 10, 2019 10:06 AM IST
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Discontent in Bengal Congress over ticket to former Left MP with Nandigram taint

Lakshman Seth has been fielded by the Congress to contest from his home turf Tamluk in East Midnapore district, where he had won the Lok Sabha polls in 1998, 1999 and 2004.
Leaders and workers of West Bengal Congress are upset over the party fielding a former CPM lawmaker from Tamluk LS seat.(Reuters)
Leaders and workers of West Bengal Congress are upset over the party fielding a former CPM lawmaker from Tamluk LS seat.(Reuters)
Updated on Apr 05, 2019 12:49 PM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: PM Modi, Mamata exchange barbs in Bengal rallies

Banerjee unleashed a scathing attack on Modi, accusing him of being “communal” and “anti-poor” and taking care to repeatedly call him “expiry babu” to drive home that the tenure of the present government was nearing its end
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses public rally in Kalahandi.(ANI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses public rally in Kalahandi.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Apr 04, 2019 07:47 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kolkata/Siliguri | ByTanmay Chatterjee, Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri and Pramod Giri

TMC manifesto pledges plan panel revival, note ban probe

The TMC chief called for doubling the MNREGA scheme to 200 days a year and doubling the rate of payment from 191 per day to 382.
She highlighted the successes of her pet projects such as Kanyashree (girlchild welfare project) and social security scheme for unorganised sector workers.(HT File Photo)
She highlighted the successes of her pet projects such as Kanyashree (girlchild welfare project) and social security scheme for unorganised sector workers.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 27, 2019 10:30 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kolkata | BySumanta Ray Chaudhuri and Snigdhendu Bhattacharya

Lok Sabha election 2019: Kamal Haasan meets Mamata, will campaign for TMC in Andaman and Nicobar islands

Kamal Haasan will visit Andaman and Nicobar islands next month to campaign for the Trinamool Congress.
Actor Kamal Haasan , founder of Makkal Needhi Maiam will campaign for the Trinamool Congress candidate in Andaman and Nicobar islands.(ANI)
Actor Kamal Haasan , founder of Makkal Needhi Maiam will campaign for the Trinamool Congress candidate in Andaman and Nicobar islands.(ANI)
Updated on Mar 25, 2019 08:51 PM IST
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CID tapping my phone: BJP candidate in Bengal, who’s a former IPS, tells CEO

Ghosh is contesting from Ghatal constituency, where actor Dev of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) is the incumbent.
Ghosh is contesting from Ghatal constituency, where actor Dev of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) is the incumbent.(ANI Photo)
Ghosh is contesting from Ghatal constituency, where actor Dev of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) is the incumbent.(ANI Photo)
Published on Mar 25, 2019 05:06 PM IST
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