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Prawesh Lama covers crime, policing, and issues of security in Delhi. Raised in Darjeeling, educated in Mumbai, he also looks at special features on social welfare in the National Capital.

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A string of abductions of security personnel threatens fragile peace in strife-hit Manipur

A senior security force officer said, “All these months, militant groups from both sides got money from the civilian population. The civilians gave money to armed groups to buy weapons, drones and stock for the village volunteers. With peace slowly returning, civilians are now not willingly giving the money. This is why extortion is on the rise.”

Protesters at a demonstration in New Delhi. (AFP)
Updated on May 16, 2024 09:16 AM IST

CISF takes over Parliament security

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has taken charge of security of the Parliament complex after orders for the change in guard were issued by the home ministry last week

CISF takes over Parliament security
Updated on May 14, 2024 07:20 AM IST
By, New Delhi

BSF canine recruits are drones’ worst enemies

The fact that the dogs have been able to sense drones in the darkness (most are sent late at night or early in the morning, under cover of darkness) is a bonus.

Sultan (labrador, left) is part of the BSF in Punjab and alerts the force about drones that usually carry cash or contraband. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 09, 2024 01:22 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Surge in Maoists giving up arms as security forces tighten grip

The surge has been prompted by security forces stepping up their operations against the insurgents after establishing camps in affected areas.

In total 490 Maoists surrendered before the authorities in 2022, while 370 laid down arms in 2023. (PTI)
Updated on May 05, 2024 08:31 AM IST

365 days later, the fires of hatred continue to burn in Manipur

In Manipur, there is division everywhere – in the geography, in the police forces, in the politics, even in conceptions of fairly recent history

People look at photographs of those who they say have died in ethnic violence at a wall of remembrance in Manipur. (REUTERS)
Updated on May 03, 2024 02:01 AM IST
By, Imphal

Chhattisgarh may frame new surrender policy for Maoists

Chhattisgarh govt plans new surrender policy for Maoists. 800 surrendered in 2 years. COBRA teams return to fight Maoists, target to end Maoism in 2 years set.

At least 116 have surrendered this year. Officials expect the number to increase against the backdrop of the high number of anti-Maoist operations launched by security forces against LWE (left wing extremist) groups (PTI)
Updated on Apr 29, 2024 06:52 AM IST
By, New Delhi

150 NDRF firefighters deployed in Uttarakhand, Andhra and Assam

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed at least 150 trained forest firefighters from three battalions across Uttarakhand and other states.

A view of the fire caught in the forest in Nainital on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 28, 2024 02:30 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Maoists shot in gunfight were planning big attack in Bastar: Security forces

Security forces suspected that insurgents had converged to carry out “a major attack” ahead of the general elections in Bastar

Security personnel during an encounter with Maoists in Kanker district on April 16, 2024. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 22, 2024 04:41 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Manipur: Tracking a campaign behind close doors

An advisory by the Meitei radical group Arambai Tenggol has directed political parties to keep election campaigning low-key this year

A poster encouraging people to vote in Imphal. (REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 18, 2024 05:20 AM IST
By, Imphal

Increased intel and camp push behind ops’ success in C’garh

Twenty-nine Maoists were killed in an encounter with joint forces of the Chhattisarh Police and the Border Security Force on Tuesday

Security personnel during an encounter with Maoists , in Kanker district (PTI)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 08:30 AM IST
By, Imphal

29 Maoists dead in fierce Chhattisgarh operation

The encounter comes days before the Left Wing Extremism-hit constituencies in south Chhattisgarh go to the polls in the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

Security personnel during an encounter with Maoists in Kanker district on April 16.(PTI)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 06:55 AM IST

Modi’s priority to restore peace in Manipur: Shah

The priority of the next government at the Centre under PM Modi would be to restore peace in strife-torn Manipur through talks, the Union home minister said.

Union home minister Amit Shah speaks at a public rally ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in Manipur’s Imphal on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 16, 2024 05:35 AM IST
By, , Imphal/guwahati

A snapshot of life at a camp for former militants

Around 2000 Kuki National Army members await renewal of Suspension of Operations agreement in Manipur. Uncertain future amid ethnic clashes and elections.

Inside the KNA camp, self-styled corporals Chungkholen (left) and Bosco singing a hymn. (Prawesh Lama/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 16, 2024 09:23 AM IST
By, Churachandpur

Bhagwant Mann, Sanjay Singh likely to meet Arvind Kejriwal in Tihar jail today

Kejriwal is currently lodged in jail number 2 after being arrested for his alleged role in the money laundering case linked to the Delhi liquor policy

Security personnel stand guard outside at the Tihar Jail in New Delhi. (PTI File Photo)
Published on Apr 15, 2024 09:15 AM IST

Two killed in Manipur gunfight as hostilities flare afresh

Violence erupts ahead of general elections, highlighting ethnic tensions between Kukis and Meiteis.

Manipur has been in the throes of a violent conflict since May last year. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 14, 2024 05:00 AM IST
By, Imphal

HT interview: Both sides working to find peaceful solution, says Manipur CM

In an interview with HT, Manipur chief minister Biren Singh spoke about efforts to find a peaceful solution to the ethnic conflict that has raged for 11 months

Manipur is set to got to polls on April 19 (one of the two constituencies in the state will go to polls in two stages, on that day and also April 26). (ANI)
Updated on Apr 13, 2024 07:44 AM IST

Amit Shah likely to visit Manipur on April 15

In May last year, the union home minister had come to Manipur to review security measures, visited both valley and hill districts

The home minister is likely to address a rally at a public ground in the state capital. (PTI file photo)
Published on Apr 11, 2024 10:20 AM IST

No Mann-Kejriwal meeting; gaffe over names: Officials

Mann’s name was added to the list of visitors after a senior Punjab Police officer wrote to the Tihar DG last week at the Punjab chief minister’s request

Punjab chief minister and AAP leader Bhagwant Mann (PTI)
Updated on Apr 11, 2024 05:28 AM IST

41-day lull in ethnic violence holds ray of hope in Manipur

Strife-torn Manipur has not reported a single case of ethnic clashes, gunfights or killings for 41 days now, officials on the ground said on Sunday

In the last 41 days, Manipur reported two killings but they were not a result of ethnic violence. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 08, 2024 05:00 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Tihar reviews Delhi chief minister Kejriwal’s security protocol

Two warders are deployed outside Kejriwal’s cell in Tihar Jail number 2, and two more are posted near a small garden enclosure on the way to his cell

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is brought to Tihar Jail in New Delhi on April 1. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 05:40 AM IST

Bail to Sanjay Singh won’t adversely impact probe: ED

Since the agency felt Singh is “not a flight risk” a “last minute decision” was taken to not oppose his bail, these officers said on the condition of anonymity

Sanjay Singh’s wife Anita (second from left) on Tuesday. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 03, 2024 04:55 AM IST

Delhi’s CM in Tihar’s Jail No. 2: Books and home food allowed

Prison officials said he was allowed to carry several books – including the Ramayana, Mahabharata, and How Prime Ministers Decide by Neerja Chowdhury.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal leaves from the ED office for the Rouse Avenue Court in New Delhi on Monday. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 02, 2024 05:18 AM IST

In Maoist-hit Bastar, an upsurge in aggression from both sides

Government data accessed by HT shows that across every indicator, numbers for the first three months of 2024 show a sharp increase from 2022 and 2023

CRPF officers during a camp in Puvarti. (HT photo)
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 07:18 AM IST
By, , New Delhi/raipur

Sadanand Date, who played key role in 26/11 Mumbai operations, to head NIA

Date had set a courageous example for the police force when he took on two of the 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives who stormed Mumbai on November 26, 2008.

Sadanand Vasant Date moves to head the country’s premier investigating agency NIA from his present post as chief of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (HT)
Updated on Mar 28, 2024 01:00 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Govt approves appointments of new NIA, NDRF, BPRD chiefs

Maharashtra cadre officer Sadanand Vasant Date has been appointed the new NIA chief, Piyush Anand the NDRF DG and Rajeev Kumar Sharma as the director general of BPRD

The three officers will take charge on March 31 upon the superannuation of the three current chiefs. (Representative file photo)
Updated on Mar 27, 2024 10:36 AM IST

Kejriwal in jail: Delhi’s Tihar prepares... just in case

The Delhi chief minister is in the custody of the Enforcement Directorate at its office until March 28

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal leaves Rouse Avenue Court after appearing for questioning in New Delhi on Friday. The court has sent him to ED custody till March 28. (ANI Photo/Rahul Singh) (ANI)
Updated on Mar 27, 2024 05:52 AM IST

Violence casts shadow over LS poll campaign in strife-torn Manipur

Manipur DGP deploys 13 security personnel to guard Congress leader Alfred Kanngam Arthur after gunmen open fire at his meetings, raising concerns during election campaigning.

Congress leader Alfred Kanngam Arthur
Updated on Mar 23, 2024 08:22 AM IST

SSC declares revised Manipur selection list

SSC releases revised results for Manipur constable recruits after controversy over tribal candidates clearing test; at least 84 non-tribal candidates pass.

The state has been roiled by ethnic clashes that have claimed 219 lives since May 2023 (ANI)
Updated on Mar 22, 2024 08:24 AM IST
By, New Delhi

SSC withdraws Manipur para recruitment result citing ‘clerical error’

Of the 232 male candidates who cleared the constable (general duty) examination, 231 were from various tribes while one was a Meitei

Over the weekend, several non-tribal candidates who took the medical test after clearing the written and physical exams, met government officers complaining about the anomaly. (HT Archive)
Updated on Mar 20, 2024 07:30 AM IST
By, New Delhi

A unending battle to counter mule ships of a Pak drug kingpin

Pakistani fishermen turned drug mules for Haji Salim cartel captured by joint Indian agencies, revealing modus operandi of drug smuggling network.

On March 12, six Pakistani men, mules for the Haji Salim cartel, were captured by a joint team of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), the Indian Coast Guard and the Gujarat ATS near the Gujarat coast. (Indian Coast Guard)
Updated on Mar 20, 2024 04:18 AM IST
By, New Delhi
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