Avinash Kumar

Avinash, a senior correspondent, reports on crime, railways, defence and social sector, with specialisation in police, home department and other investigation agencies.

Articles by Avinash Kumar

SIT to probe recovery of explosive substances from train at Siwan: Bihar police

The government railway police (GRP) recovered explosive materials from the general compartment of Gwalior-Barauni Express train at Bihar’s Siwan when the train arrived at platform number 2 on Wednesday

The Bihar police have said that they are waiting for the forensic report reports. (Hindustan)
Published on Mar 25, 2023 11:57 AM IST

Authorities in Bihar suppressed hooch tragedy death toll: NHRC

A 13-member team of NHRC, which probed the hooch tragedy, has also observed that “deaths due to consumption of spurious liquor have become part of the law and order landscape of Bihar ever since prohibition was enforced in the state in 2016.”

The report, which was recently uploaded on the NHRC website, dismissed claims of the state government that 42 people had died in the tragedy during December 13-16 last year, stating that at least 77 lives were lost. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 01:20 AM IST

NHRC report: Saran hooch toll at least 77, Bihar tried to hide figures

The report, which has been uploaded on the NHRC website, dismisses claims of the state government that 42 people had died in the tragedy on December 13-16 last year and says at least 77 lives were lost, while blaming the state authorities for “suppressing toll”.

Family members of those who died after consuming spurious liquor at Chapra in Saran district on December 14, 2022. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 24, 2023 09:59 PM IST
By, Patna

Missing Patna doctor: Actor and kin Shekhar Suman demands CBI probe

Shekhar Suman is the brother-in-law of Dr Sanjay Kumar, head of pharmacology department at Patna’s Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH), who had left his home in Bihar’s capital on March 1 for Muzaffarpur but never returned.

Actor Shekhar Suman addresses a press conference in Patna on Wednesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 22, 2023 10:04 PM IST
By, Patna

Man arrested in Surat for threatening to blow up Nitish Kumar’s residence

Ankit Kumar Mishra, who was arrested from Laskana in Gujarat’s Surat, was being interrogated to know why he made the threat call

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 22, 2023 03:23 PM IST

SVU submits 1000-page charge sheet against former Magadh University VC, others

The chargesheet revealed that former Magadh University vice chancellor Rajendra Prasad and his subordinates were involved in financial irregularities worth ₹18 crore in the two universities

The former VC was charged with conniving with other key officials of the MU. (HT file image)
Published on Mar 22, 2023 02:23 PM IST

Bihar: CBI court declares ex-IAS officer K P Ramaiah as absconder in Srijan scam

The CBI special court has also declared Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti (SMVSS) secretary Rajni Priya Kumar and her husband Amit Kumar as absconders in the case

Former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer K P Ramaiah. (File Photo)
Published on Mar 21, 2023 05:50 PM IST

Two separate FIRs lodged against pvt firm for playing porn clips at Patna junction

PATNA: An obscene clip was accidentally played for three minutes on multiple advertisement screens at platform number 10 at Patna railway junction on Sunday causing an outrage among the passengers, railway officials said

The obscene clip was accidentally played for three minutes on multiple advertisement screens at platform number 10 at Patna junction. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 20, 2023 09:43 PM IST

BSF inspector arrested for smuggling liquor into Bihar: Police

Police said that the BSF inspector, identified as Alok Kumar Ravikar, a resident of Katihar district, has been on leave for a year on ‘no work-no pay’, and he made use of his extended stay for earning through liquor smuggling

Police recovered 324 bottles of premium brand whisky, which he allegedly procured from West Bengal to supply in Bihar (Representative Photo)
Updated on Mar 20, 2023 05:37 PM IST

Bihar: Liquor smuggler killed in gun fight, his 3 associates held, says police

Sitamarhi superintendent of police (SP) Harkishore Rai told HT that acting on the tip-off, separate teams were formed and sent to the Nanpur police station area to nab Singh and his associates

An exchange of fire took place between the police and the liquor traders at the Boothnagra village (Representative Photo)
Published on Mar 20, 2023 01:39 PM IST

YouTuber who shared fake video of attack on migrants surrenders

Manish Kashyap, a YouTuber wanted for allegedly sharing a fake video of attack on migrant workers in Tamil Nadu, surrendered before the police in Bihar’s West Champaran district on Saturday, officers said.

Bihar Rural Development Department Secretary Balamurugan D with IPS P Kannan addresses a press conference on the fake video of attack on migrant workers in Tamil Nadu, in Patna on Friday. (Aftab Alam Siddiqui)
Updated on Mar 19, 2023 04:03 AM IST

Migrant workers row: YouTuber Manish Kashyap surrenders before Bihar police

The YouTuber surrendered in Jagdishpur police station in Bettiah when the attachment process of his house was in progress in Majhaulia in the same city on Saturday morning

YouTuber Manish Kashyap. (File Photo)
Updated on Mar 18, 2023 06:48 PM IST

5 lakh reward for info that helps find missing Bihar girl: CBI

The Patna high court ordered a CBI probe into the disappearance of the young girl on a petition by her father

CBI registered the kidnapping case on December 22, 2022 (AFP File Photo)
Published on Mar 16, 2023 10:03 PM IST

Bihar police rescue kidnapped RJD leader in 24 hours, nab 2 suspects

A group of miscreants abducted RJD leader Sunil Rai in a Scorpio when he had gone to the party office after receiving a phone call

Police seized the white Scorpio, which was used for Rai’s abduction, from Khaira police station area in Saran. (Representative Image)
Published on Mar 15, 2023 01:11 PM IST

RJD leader abducted from Bihar’s Saran; video goes viral

A CCTV video, which went viral on social media, showed five-six men forcibly overpowering the RJD leader and taking him away in a white luxury car

The alleged abduction incident occurred around 4.34 am on Tuesday. (Video grab)
Published on Mar 14, 2023 01:56 PM IST

Fake video on migrant attack in Tamil Nadu shot in Bihar, 3 arrested

The accused, Rakesh Ranjan Kumar Singh, hired two people, identified as Anil Yadav and Aditya Kumar, to pose as injured labourers for the video, the Patna Police said.

Two officials from the Bihar government met with the Bihar-based migrant workers amid rumored attacks, in Chennai on March 7. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 14, 2023 05:37 AM IST
By, Patna

Missing Patna doc: Police mull cash reward for leads

Dr Sanjay Kumar, head of the pharmacology department at the NMCH, had left his house in Patna for Muzaffarpur on March 1 but never returned.

Dr Sanjay Kumar with his wife Saloni Kumari. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 13, 2023 10:38 PM IST
By, Patna

5 killed, 4 injured in a truck-autorickshaw collision in Bihar’s Madhepura

The victims were headed towards Bhagalpur for taking a Holy Dip in Ganga and there were 9 people in the autorickshaw

Police suspect that the incident occurred when the speeding truck lost control and collided head on with the autorickshaw. (Representative Image)
Published on Mar 13, 2023 01:43 PM IST

Tejashwi’s residence in Delhi among 24 places raided by ED

The action followed the questioning by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of Lalu’s wife Rabri Devi in Patna on Monday, and the former Union minister Lalu in Delhi on Tuesday in relation with the same case.

Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav (HT)
Published on Mar 10, 2023 11:02 PM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan and Avinash Kumar, New Delhi/patna

Two held, fresh FIR for ‘fake’ videos of attack on Bihar migrants in TN

The two arrested Friday were identified as Rakesh Ranjan Kumar and Rakesh Tiwari, according to an  EOU statement.

The team from Bihar, which had gone to Tamil Nadu to probe alleged attacks on migrants, addresses press upon return in Patna on Friday. (HT photo)
Published on Mar 10, 2023 10:51 PM IST
By, Patna

ED conducts searches at former RJD MLA’s house in land-for-jobs case

The ED searches are underway in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Mumbai including the properties linked to Lalu Yadav and his family members

Reacting on the searches, Dojana said he is politically targeted but unaware about searches. (HT photo by Santosh Kumar)
Published on Mar 10, 2023 03:31 PM IST

56-yr-old man killed by mob on suspicion of carrying beef, 3 held: Bihar Police

Saran SP Gaurav Mangla said Mohd Nashim Qureshi and nephew Firoz Ahmed Qureshi were on their way to meet an acquaintance when the attack took place

Police said the group handed over Mohd Nashim to personnel of the local Rasoolpur police station after beating him (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Mar 10, 2023 02:23 PM IST

Upendra Kushwaha, who quit JD-U and set up RLJD, gets security upgrade from Centre

The move comes weeks after the Centre decided to upgrade Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) leader Chirag Paswan and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) leader Mukesh Sahni’s security

Rashtriya Lok Janata Dal Chief Upendra Kushwaha also resigned from the legislative council after resigning from JD-U (HT File Photo/Santosh Kumar)
Published on Mar 09, 2023 08:50 PM IST

3 killed after cannon shell lands on roof of civilian house in Bihar: Police

The incident occurred at Bihar’s Gaya district when the victims and their neighbours were playing Holi at around 8am at Gularved village

Following the incident, irate villagers protested against the administration. (Representative file image)
Published on Mar 09, 2023 08:18 AM IST

4 booked, Jamui man arrested for ‘fake’ videos on migrants ‘beaten up’ in TN

Additional director general (ADG) of police (headquarters) Jitendra Singh Gangwar said the EoU has identified more than 30 fake videos and posts circulated on social media related to the matter.

Jamui MP Chirag Paswan met Tamil Nadu Governor R N Ravi in Chennai on Monday and presented a memorandum regarding the alleged harassment of migrants workers from Bihar living in the state. (PTI)
Published on Mar 06, 2023 10:28 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar: 4 booked for fake videos on attack on migrant workers in TN

The Bihar police have requested social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Gmail to preserve 42 objectionable video posts and links for 90 days which were found misleading and fake

Bihar: 4 booked for fake videos on attack on migrant workers in TN
Published on Mar 06, 2023 08:31 PM IST

Land-for-job case: CBI team at former Bihar CM Rabri Devi’s residence

The alleged case dates back to 2005-06 when RJD chief and Devi’s husband Lalu Prasad was the railway minister in the Congress-led UPA government

Heavy security has been deployed outside the former chief minister’s home in Patna. (Santosh Kumar)
Published on Mar 06, 2023 12:04 PM IST

Amid row, IG Vaibhav shifted out of fire services dept

Earlier, the home department had served a show-cause notice to Vaibhav, asking him to explain his tweet that allegedly violated the Official Secrets Act by making details of departmental meeting public.

IG Vikas Vaibhav (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 27, 2023 10:38 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar plans 44 cyber police stations

Currently, there is no cyber police station in the state even it though seven are operational in neighbouring Jharkhand.

The online portal of the ministry of home affairs has over 40,000 cybercrime complaints from Bihar alone, of which about 70% are related to bank fraud. (Picture for representation)
Published on Feb 23, 2023 09:41 PM IST
By, Patna

Patna GRP solves murder mystery of man whose body was found in train

The Government Railway Police (GRP) in Patna said they have cracked the case and arrested three persons, including a couple, on charges of murder

The Patna GRp recovered a CCTV footage from a medicine shop located outside the Lakhisarai railway station in which a man was seen carrying a steel container on his head. (Sourced)
Published on Feb 22, 2023 02:56 PM IST
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