Prawesh Lama

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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Lawrence Bishnoi is ‘obsessed’ with Bhagat Singh. Here's why cops are not amused

Officials are puzzled over the jailed gangster’s obsession with T-shirts printed with the photographs of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.

Jailed gangster Lawrence Bishnoi. (Facebook)
Updated on May 27, 2023 05:29 AM IST

In two years, states transfer 40 cases to NCB

Over the last two years, states have transferred at least 40 drug related cases to the NCB, after doing almost none between 2007 and 2021.

Two persons were arrested and drugs worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>3 crore was seized in Assam on April 20.
Updated on May 25, 2023 12:38 AM IST

Tracking devices, separate transgender cells: Centre outlines new prison rules

The provisions under the act have been sent to states for pointers on how to overhaul India’s prison management and combat some persistent problems.

Delhi's Tihar prison complex (File Photo/PTI)
Updated on May 25, 2023 02:14 PM IST
By, New Delhi

A day after arson, more troops sent to Manipur

On Tuesday, business establishments remained closed and people were asked to stay indoors in Imphal.

A road wears a partially deserted look in Kangkopki district of Manipur on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on May 24, 2023 04:55 AM IST

NCB bolsters steps to curb drug menace

New Delhi The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is set to open a regional office headed by an inspector general (IG)-rank officer in Amritsar in the next two months to crack down on a drug-smuggling racket primarily run from across the border in collusion with Pakistan’s spy agency ISI, according to people familiar with the matter

A senior NCB official said the agency is also coordinating with other sister agencies and the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) to fill 425 newly created posts in the federal agency (PTI)
Updated on May 23, 2023 12:34 AM IST

2,500kg drugs seized were packaged in Pakistan, says NCB

The consignment was hidden in different jute bags weighing 40 kg and 20 kg purportedly belonging to a Pakistan-based rice company.

The consignment was seized near Kerala’s Mattancherry coast in a joint operation by the NCB and Indian Navy. (ANI)
Updated on May 15, 2023 03:58 AM IST
By, New Delhi

After the violence: A Myanmar twist as Manipur searches for its own

Manipur saw violent clashes that began a week ago in Churachandpur but spread quickly across the state.

A girl evacuated by the Indian army during the ethnic riots in Manipur state embraces with her mother (2R) after reuniting at a temporary shelter at the Leimakhong Army Cantonment.(AFP)
Updated on May 11, 2023 03:16 PM IST
By, , Moreh/new Delhi

Thousands rescued as Manipur remains tense

The army said on Sunday no major flare-ups were reported overnight and that a curfew was lifted between 7-10 am in one of the main flashpoint areas.

Security personnel during a rescue operation in Manipur on Sunday. (ANI)
Updated on May 08, 2023 12:09 AM IST
By, , Imphal/new Delhi

Manipur death toll hits 55, humanitarian crisis festers

More than 16,000 people have been taken to shelters in military compounds in and around the state, where internet services have been shut down.

Security personnel in Imphal on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on May 07, 2023 04:42 AM IST
By, , Guwahati/new Delhi

Manipur peaceful but on edge as army takes charge

Manipur violence: Thousands of people fled into the jungles and across state borders into neighbouring provinces to escape mobs.

Vehicles set ablaze after a clash broke out in Manipur on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on May 06, 2023 05:42 AM IST
By, , Guwahati/new Delhi

Area sealed, tests on for presence of chemicals after Ludhiana gas leak: NDRF

The NDRF said its personnel were testing the level of radiation, if any, and presence of chemicals in the area

National Disaster Response Force team at the site after a gas leak incident in the Giaspura area, in Ludhiana district. (PTI)
Updated on May 01, 2023 12:07 AM IST

Bastar attack signals shift in Maoist tactics

According to records seen by HT, in the first three months of 2023, security forces in Chhattisgarh recovered at least 38 IEDs. The number of IEDs recovered and defused last year was 173

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Updated on Apr 28, 2023 12:20 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Officials on alert for a seasonal smuggling uptick of shellfish eggs

Shellfish eggs from India, especially the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, are in high demand in Bangladesh

Bags of smuggled shellfish (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 25, 2023 11:56 PM IST
By, New Delhi

In Dibrugarh jail, Amritpal lodged in solitary cell, away from 9 aides

Of around 420 inmates in the jail, only 10 prisoners, including Amritpal Singh, are the only ones booked under the NSA, the official said

Amritpal Singh, a pro-Khalistan leader was arrested on Sunday (File Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Apr 24, 2023 03:36 AM IST

Patrolling up in Jammu after Poonch terror attack

Although the National Investigation Agency(NIA) has taken over the probe over the incident, CRPF personnel are conducting security checks in different parts of the two districts along with local police and the army.

On Thursday, terrorists ambushed an army truck in Bhatta Durrian in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch district by taking advantage of heavy rain and low visibility. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 24, 2023 12:32 AM IST

Assam prison turns into a fortress for Amritpal Singh’s 9 aides

The nine men at the Assam prison are accomplices, associates, and aides of pro-Khalistan separatist Amritpal Singh.

Security personnel at Assam’s Dibrugarh Central Jail. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 19, 2023 05:36 AM IST

Bullying one of reasons for fratricide: Home ministry

The most recent incident, a result of harassment and bullying by colleagues, was reported from Bathinda, Punjab.

Four soldiers were shot dead by a colleague at Bathinda military station in the early hours of April 12. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 19, 2023 05:01 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Taliban leader, Punjab gangsters behind smuggling of drugs, arms via drones

In their charge sheet, police said drones are being used to smuggle drugs into Punjab by the “Turkey-controlled syndicate"

BSF personnel after shooting down a Pakistani drone entering India from along the International Border in Punjab on Feb 3. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 14, 2023 11:28 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Hero of Sardar Post battle of 1965 war felicitated

In a gun battle that lasted nearly 15 hours, Singh had volunteered to deliver the much-needed ammunition in a jeep to his troops.

Retired Hawaldar Kishan Singh being honoured during the CRPF’s Valour Day function, in New Delhi. (HT)
Updated on Apr 10, 2023 12:06 AM IST

Top J’khand and CRPF officers meet to take stock of anti-Maoist operations

Director general Sujay Thaosen and other CRPF officers held a formal meeting with Jharkhand director general of ploce Ajay Singh to discuss the framework of the ongoing anti-Maoist operation and current scenario of Maoism in the state, officials aware of the meeting said on condition of anonymity.

The chiefs of the CRPF and Jharkhand police met in Ranchi on Saturday to review the ongoing anti-Maoist operation in the state (Agencies/Representative use)
Updated on Apr 08, 2023 11:15 PM IST

120 NDRF personnel undergo training for posting in disaster-prone hill regions

Around 120 NDRF personnel are undergoing mountain rescue training at over 21,000 feet on Bhagirath Kharak glacier for posting in disaster-prone areas in the north and north east, officials aware of the matter said.

The NDRF teams will be stationed at specific areas in Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Uttarakhand and north east India. (HT Archive)
Updated on Apr 07, 2023 11:38 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Net restoration brings Pak drones back in Punjab

Instances of smuggling outfits and terror groups from Pakistan using drones for smuggling drugs, weapons into India has been increasing over the last year.

A drone found on March 27 along the Punjab border. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 01, 2023 05:22 AM IST
By, New Delhi

1,400 civilians in Jammu border trained in arms

The arms training started after terror attacks in Rajouri’s Dhangri village on January 1-2. As many as 19 CRPF companies with around 1,900 personnel are still posted in Rajouri and Poonch districts.

Within days of the terror attack at Dhangri village, CRPF started training village residents on using weapons. (AP)
Updated on Mar 29, 2023 04:34 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Personnel on alert as smugglers from Pak use balloons to transport drugs

On Sunday afternoon, BSF personnel found 3kg heroin tied to two balloons in Sahowal village near the border.

Amritsar: BSF personnel after shooting down a Pakistani drone entering India from along the International Border in Punjab, near Amritsar, Friday, Feb 3, 2023. (PTI Photo) (PTI02_03_2023_000014B) (PTI)
Updated on Mar 27, 2023 04:26 AM IST

Lost & found at airports: Wallets and phones to watches and jackets, worth a total of 56 cr

: Every now and then, security personnel deployed at airports are approached by passengers about “an unattended object”

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Updated on Mar 24, 2023 12:35 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Six para forces may recruit 2,184 ex-Agniveers every year

At least 2,185 ex-Agniveers could be recruited each year under the 10% quota announced by the government in six paramilitary forces according to an analysis of recruitments over the past five years to these units.

Agniveer women personnel undergo a training session at Corps of Military Police in Bengaluru. (PTI)
Published on Mar 18, 2023 12:42 AM IST

MHA amends BSF rules for ex-Agniveers, declares 10% reservation within force

In a notification issued on March 6, the ministry relaxed the upper age limit for ex Agniveers and also exempted them from physical efficiency test

BSF is the second largest paramilitary force in the country after the central reserve police force (CRPF). (Twitter | BSF)
Published on Mar 10, 2023 11:34 AM IST

Hair, snake venom among quirky items smuggled in via land routes

On the eastern front, there are increasing cases of gangs smuggling human hair, snake venom and even Phensedyl cough syrup. On January 6, the Border Security Force at Kakargora outpost in Meghalaya seized 300kg of human hair being smuggled to Bangladesh.

Around 1,411 smugglers have been caught by security personnel in January and February. (Image for representational purpose)
Updated on Mar 06, 2023 12:24 PM IST
By, New Delhi

CRPF’s CSRV comes under spotlight as its pic in Kashmir goes viral

CSRV or Critical Situation Response Vehicle can accommodate at least three commandos and be raised to reach the upper floors of a building while shielding them

Two CSRVs were designed and developed for counter-terror operations in urban or semi-urban areas during 2018-2020. (Twitter)
Published on Mar 03, 2023 08:58 AM IST

Drone shot down in Punjab was used in Pak, China: BSF officers

The Border Security Force (BSF), which keeps vigil at the border, has detected a growing trend of drones being used to smuggle in drugs, with those downed often being found with narcotics such as heroin worth crores, but at times even being used to fly in weapons, ostensibly destined for militants.

HT’s analysis of the 2022 and 2023 cases of drones shot down by BSF shows that different routes along the border line were used to smuggle in the drugs, mostly heroin. (HT File)
Updated on Mar 02, 2023 01:46 AM IST
By, New Delhi
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