Ravinder Vasudeva

Ravinder Vasudeva is a principal correspondent who writes for the Punjab bureau of Hindustan Times.

Articles by Ravinder Vasudeva

Amritpal trained men at firing range in his village

Pro-Khalistan leader and fugitive Amritpal Singh had set up a temporary shooting range on the banks of a river at his native village Jallupur Khera in Amritsar district and was giving training to his aides for setting up militia ‘Anandpur Khalsa Fauj’ (AKF), police said on Thursday

The Punjab Police claimed that in this temporary range, training of handling and loading of firearms was given to youth to recruit them in the AKF (File Photo)
Updated on Mar 24, 2023 01:34 AM IST

Ask Amritpal to surrender in any court: Cops to radical leader’s kin

Punjab Police on Wednesday asked the family of ‘Waris Punjab De’ chief Amritpal Singh to persuade him to surrender in any court.

During the meeting, which lasted for around an hour, sources said, the family said that Amritpal was not in touch with them ever since he disappeared from the Mehatpur area of Jalandhar district while giving police the slip on March 18. (HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 22, 2023 10:21 PM IST
ByRavinder Vasudeva and Anil Sharma

Behind the police crackdown on Amritpal’s outfit

Since Saturday, there has been an internet shutdown in Punjab, and flag marches by police in multiple cities and villages.

Punjab police personnel walk in front of house of Waris Punjab De Chief Amritpal Singh at village Jallupur Khera, Amritsar.
Updated on Mar 21, 2023 02:59 PM IST
ByRavinder Vasudeva and Neeraj Chauhan

Amritpal’s uncle, driver surrender, NSA invoked

The crackdown on Singh and his supporters began on Saturday when a police cavalcade intercepted his car near Mehatpur town.

Punjab police personnel walk in front of house of Waris Punjab De Chief Amritpal Singh at village Jallupur Khera, Amritsar.
Updated on Mar 21, 2023 02:47 AM IST
ByRavinder Vasudeva and Navjrajdeep Singh, Chandigarh/jalandhar

Amritpal dumped Merc, fled in Brezza to dodge Punjab Police

Sikh separatist leader got to know police were on his trail in Moga and managed to give them the slip in busy Mehatpur market, his uncle Harjit Singh tells cops during interrogation

Radical Sikh leader Amritpal Singh leaving Golden Temple along with his supporters in Amritsar on March 3. He managed to give police chasing him the slip at a busy market in Mehatpur village of Jalandhar district on Saturday. (Reuters file photo)
Published on Mar 20, 2023 03:45 PM IST

Search for Amritpal Singh on, security tightened in Punjab

The Punjab Police launched a massive crackdown on Waris Punjab De and its chief Amritpal Singh on Saturday noon.

Police and Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel conduct a flag march to instil a sense of security among the residents amid a search operation to nab Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh, who is currently on the run, in Amritsar.(Raminder Pal Singh)
Updated on Mar 20, 2023 04:05 AM IST
By, , Chandigarh/jalandhar

Action against Amritpal was planned on the day of Ajnala clash: Cops

On February 23, when ‘Waris Punjab De’ chief and self-styled Khalistani leader Amritpal Singh stormed the Ajnala Police Station in Amritsar to successfully press for the demand of release of his aide arrested in a case of kidnapping and attempt to murder, it came out as a huge embarrassment for the Punjab Police.

Rapid action force at the protest site at the Airport Road where Nihangs blocked Airport road to support Amritpal Singh at Sohana Light Point in Mohali on Saturday . (Ravi Kumar/ Hindustan Timestan Times)
Published on Mar 19, 2023 12:59 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab Police crack down on Amritpal Singh's outfit, 78 held

Amritpal Singh and his associates were chased on Saturday by the Punjab police.

'Waris Punjab De' chief Amritpal Singh.
Updated on Mar 19, 2023 05:12 AM IST
By, , Chandigarh/jalandhar

Bishnoi’s fresh interview surfaces, Punjab Police say not from Bathinda jail

In an interaction with the TV anchor, Bishnoi is talking about the arrest made by Punjab Police in a case relating to a threatening email to singer Sidhu Moose Wala’s father Balkaur Singh.

Lawrence Bishnoi.(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Mar 18, 2023 04:24 AM IST

Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi’s interview not from Punjab jail, says DGP

Punjab Police chief says no mobile signal possible in high-security Bathinda jail, where gangster lodged in isolated cell

Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi was brought to the Central Jail in Bathinda on March 8 and was lodged in an isolated cell in the high-security zone after thorough checking, Punjab Police DGP Gaurav Yadav said on Thursday. (HT file photo)
Published on Mar 16, 2023 05:15 PM IST

Punjab prisons dept in a tizzy as Bishnoi’s ‘jail interview’ goes viral

An interview of dreaded gangster and main conspirator of singer Shubhdeep Singh aka Sidhu Moose Wala’s killing Lawrence Bishnoi --- who is currently lodged in a Bathinda jail --- to a private news channel, on Tuesday evening sent the Punjab prisons department into a tizzy.

Hours after the telecast, the prisons department said the interview was not recorded inside any jail in the state. (HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 15, 2023 12:30 AM IST

Wedding bells ring in AAP, many young leaders to tie knot in coming months

Wedding bells are ringing in the Aam Aadmi Party, with a chunk of its young leaders set to walk the aisle in the coming months.

The latest addition to the newly married AAP legislators’ club will be education minister Harjot Bains, 32, who is set to get hitched to Punjab-cadre IPS officer Jyoti Yadav in a couple of weeks. The Anandpur Sahib MLA got engaged to Jyoti on Sunday. (HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 13, 2023 11:11 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab saw record 45% jump in excise revenue, says finance minister Harpal Cheema

Finance minister said that due to the increase in revenue, it has been possible to increase the budget by 20% for the agriculture sector and 12% for education, besides ensuring a substantial increase in other important sectors

Finance minister Harpal Cheema delivering his speech on Punjab Budget in Vidhan Sabha on Saturday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Published on Mar 12, 2023 12:42 AM IST

Punjab CM targets opposition, asks Congress to join fight against BJP

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann claimed that his government had brought the state’s finances back on track and this budget is a reflection of that direction

Chief minister Bhagwant Mann in Punjab Vidhan sabha in Chandigarh on Saturday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Published on Mar 12, 2023 12:40 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab budget: Education gets 12% boost, focus on infrastructure development

The proposed outlay for the education sector, comprising primary and higher education, is ₹17,072 crore, an increase of 12%, as compared to the last year

Students attend a class in Amritsar. (HT File)
Published on Mar 11, 2023 01:51 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab budget: FM announces 10,523cr for police to ensure law and order

₹40 crore allocated to strengthen counter-intelligence wing, ₹64 crore for modernising police forces and ₹30 crore to fight cyber crime

Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann (right) with state finance minister Harpal Singh Cheema before the budget was presented in the assembly in Chandigarh on Friday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Published on Mar 10, 2023 02:09 PM IST

CM’s speech on guv’s address: Punjab’s law and order better that many Cong, BJP ruled states: Bhagwant Mann

With opposition parties trying to corner the Aam Aadmi Party government on the issue of law and order, Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann on Tuesday said as compared to several Congress and BJP ruled states, the law and order situation was far better in Punjab.

Chief Minister Punjab Bhagwant Mann during the third day of Punjab budget session at Punjab Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 07, 2023 09:39 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Discussion on guv’s address: Change SIT probing Kotkapura incident, says Kunwar Vijay

Aam Aadmi Party MLA and former inspector general Punjab Police, Kunwar Vijay Partap on Monday reiterated his demand to form a new Special Investigation Team (SIT) for probing Kotkapura police firing case, claiming that the present SIT formed during Captain Amarinder Singh’s tenure as chief minister cannot deliver justice.

Kunwar Vijay Partap was speaking in the Vidhan Sabha, while taking part in discussion on governor’s address. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 07, 2023 12:06 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

‘Volatile’ situation: MHA to send 50 companies of central forces to Punjab

To remain in state from march 6 to 16; move comes after request by state government.

The central forces will remain in Punjab from March 6 to 16. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 03, 2023 05:07 AM IST

War on Drugs: Record seizures reflect our honest intent, says Gaurav Yadav, Punjab DGP

Anyone supplying drugs in Punjab in commercial quantity is a big fish. We have been acting against all those with links to this trade, Punjab DGP Gaurav Yadav said

Punjab director general of police Gaurav Yadav. (ANI)
Published on Mar 02, 2023 01:37 AM IST

War against drugs: Punjab cracks down on narco-terror nexus

Narco-terrorism is fast spreading its tentacles in the border state that is battling a deep-rooted nexus between arms suppliers, separatist elements, drug smugglers and local dealers selling the drug to fund terror-related operations. Whether it’s drones dropping contraband from Pakistan or international suppliers targeting Punjab as a potential market, the only way to fight the drug problem is unitedly by decreasing the demand and choking hard on the supply.

Punjab police personnel during a search and cordon operation in Amritsar. (Sameer Sehgal /HT)
Published on Mar 02, 2023 12:53 AM IST

Days after stir in Ajnala, Amritsar commissioner among 18 cops shifted

The government also posted Gurinder Singh Dhillon as ADGP, law and order, but made it clear that ADGP Arpit Shukla will continue to head the concerned wing.

Supporters of Amritpal Singh clash with Punjab Police in Ajnala on February 23. (Sameer Sehgal/HT photo)
Updated on Mar 01, 2023 01:31 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

After Ajnala incident, Punjab gets regular intel chief

Five days after facing an embarrassment in Ajnala where Khalistani preacher Amritpal Singh and his supporters stormed the police station leaving six cops injured owing to a big intelligence failure, the Punjab government on Tuesday appointed regular intelligence chief in form of IG Jaskaran Singh, a 1998 batch officer.

Once the protesters stormed the police station with the bir, the police reasoned they were helpless to take any action keeping in mind the presence of the Guru Granth Sahib. (HT File Photo)
Published on Feb 28, 2023 10:29 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Ajnala clash: Four days on, no FIR

Four days after hundreds of supporters of pro-Khalistan leader Amritpal Singh, some of them brandishing swords and guns, broke through barricades and clashed with cops before storming into the Ajnala police station to secure release of a key aide of the hardliner, Punjab Police is yet to register any FIR in the case

Six cops, including former Indian Hockey captain and SP-rank officer Jugraj Singh, were badly injured when the police tried to stop Amritpal’s supporters from entering the police station. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Feb 28, 2023 02:41 AM IST

Punjab Police chief: Action being taken for attack on cops in Ajnala

DGP Gaurav Yadav says police exercised restraint as radical Sikh leader Amritpal and his supporters attacked cops in “a cowardly manner under the garb of Guru Granth Sahib”

Punjab Police chief Gaurav Yadav addressed a press conference in Chandigarh on Friday. (HT file photo)
Published on Feb 24, 2023 05:41 PM IST

Amritpal Singh, the new face of fundamentalist fringe

The 29-year-old pro-Khalistan controversial leader has been dubbed as ‘Bhindranwale 2.0’ by his supporters. Amritpal has invoked the teachings of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale --- who was killed on June 6, 1984 --- during Operation Bluestar, with renewed calls for the freedom of Punjab

'Waris Punjab De' chief Amritpal Singh speaks to media after his supporters break barricades and enter the police station demanding the release of Amritpal Singh's close aide in Ajnala near Amritsar on Thursday. (ANI Pic Service)
Published on Feb 24, 2023 02:49 AM IST

Punjab: Mann govt to invoke law to detain drug lords for up to two years

These provisions under the PITNDPS Act empower the states and the Centre to take suspects into preventive custodies when the investigating agency is sure about their involvement in drug trade, but has not been able to book them because of lack of evidence or recoveries

The Aam Aadmi Party-led Punjab government has decided to invoke stringent provisions of the Prevention of Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (PITNDPS) Act, 1988, which allow preventive custody of suspected smugglers up to two years even if no recovery is made from them. (HT File Photo)
Published on Feb 21, 2023 01:00 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Protest for Sikh prisoners’ release becoming headache for AAP govt

The protest by Sikh activists under the banner of Quami Insaaf Morcha at the Chandigarh-Mohali border for more than a month now has posed a fresh challenge to the Bhagwant Mann-led Aam Aadmi Party government.

Members of Kaumi Insaaf Morcha protesting at Chandigarh and Mohali Border Sector 51-52 dividing road on Thursday .Photo by Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 10, 2023 12:59 AM IST

Punjab CM’s wife gets security upgrade, now 40 cops to guard her

In a security upgrade for Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann’s wife Dr Gurpreet Kaur, nearly 40 police personnel would now accompany her during visits to districts in the state.

Currently, 15 personnel have been provided to Kaur by the CM security. (HT file photo)
Published on Feb 09, 2023 10:19 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

BJP’s yatra against drugs from 2nd week of March in Punjab

In a bid to expand its base in Punjab, the Bharatiya Janata Party will launch a yatra against drugs in all 13 Lok Sabha constituencies of the state from the second week of March, said a senior party functionary.

Considering drug menace as a big political issue at the grassroots level in Punjab, the BJP planned the yatra by roping in senior leaders from Delhi. (Representational Photo)
Published on Feb 06, 2023 11:13 PM IST
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