Ravik Bhattacharya


Ravik Bhattacharya works in the Indian Express bureau in Kolkata. He tweets @raviklive

Rajasthan hacking: Afrazul left home at the age of 14 to work, saved all he could so family could study
Mon, Dec 11, 2017

On December 6, Afrazul was hacked and then burnt alive allegedly by Shambhulal Regar, who roped in his 14-year-old nephew to film the killing and ranted against 'love jihad' and Islam.

Labourer hacked to death: Victim’s kin want case shifted out of Rajasthan
Mon, Dec 11, 2017

Various Muslim organisations on Sunday took out rallies in Saiyadpur. Congress leaders too visited the family members of Afrazul.

Rajasthan hacking: ‘My youngest daughter wakes up screaming. Nobody kills even an animal in that manner’
Sun, Dec 10, 2017

Grief and fear grip Afrazul’s village, migrant workers head back home

Rajasthan hacking: Leaders meet Afrazul kin, TMC to raise issue in Parliament
Sun, Dec 10, 2017

TMC leaders handed over Rs 2 lakh to Gul Bahar along with papers of her widow pension. They told her that besides a job to one of her three daughters, the state government will also take care of the education of her youngest daughter.

Rajasthan hacking: Murder of humanity; Mamata backs victim’s family
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

Mamata announced ex-gratia of Rs 3 lakh for the family of Mohammad Afrazul (48) as well as a job for one of his family members

Mohammad Afrazul buried, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee announces ex-gratia
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

A resident of Saiyadpur under Kaliachak Police Station in Malda district, 48-year-old Mohammad Afrazul was attacked with a axe-like weapon and later burnt alive by a person named Shambhulal Regar in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan.

We want justice, says grieving family members of labourer hacked, burnt alive in Rajasthan
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

Working in Rajasthan, Afrazul was to return home later this month to arrange for his daughter’s wedding. The video of his murder has been widely circulated on social media.

Kolkata: Muslims, Dalits & tribals to unite, thwart BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha polls
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

The two groups spearheading the movement are the All Bengal Minorities Youth Federation and All India Sunnat Al Jamayat.

Warder attacked in Alipore jail: ‘Other inmates refusing to be lodged near IS suspect’
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

Following the incident, security has been tightened within the jail premises, with two warders and a sepoy keeping watch on Musa round the clock. The terror suspect’s movement is restricted for the time being and he is not allowed to move around inside the jail.

West Bengal’s only arrested ISIS member tries to slit warder’s neck while chanting slogans
Mon, Dec 04, 2017

Muhammed Mosiuddin alias Musa, who was arrested in 2016 and has been in jail since then, said his attempt to kill the warder was part of his ‘jihad’

Rise in number of rescues, arrests as well: Almost half of India’s trafficking victims from West Bengal, reveals NCRB data
Sat, Dec 02, 2017

A total of 8,132 cases of human trafficking were reported in the country in 2016, of which Bengal recorded the highest, 3,597 cases, followed by Rajasthan with 1,422 cases

West Bengal rural polls: Clad in trademark sari, ‘Mamata’ takes to stage
Sat, Nov 25, 2017

“We also have an actor playing Narendra Modi,” said Samanta.

When childless couples in Bengal dread Kartik Puja
Fri, Nov 24, 2017

Every year, youths and adults in the neighbourhood identify households and childless couples, buy Kartik idols and place them at their doorstep at the middle of the night.

After GI tag, West Bengal govt plans branding of rasogolla
Fri, Nov 24, 2017

The government is planning to hold a meeting with sweetmeat manufacturers in Bengal soon over the issue.

Two suspected Bangladeshi terrorists, arms dealer arrested with fake aadhaar card in Kolkata
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

The operatives were trying to procure arms and chemicals to make explosives. “One of the books described how to make explosives while another said how to conduct a recce of a place. There was also literature on religious speeches," police said.

Mamata Banerjee announces compensation, job for family members of those killed in Gorkhaland agitation
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

The all party meeting was held at Pintail Village under Darjeeling district, interestingly a day after Binay Tamang claimed majority support in GJM and suspended Bimal Gurung and others from the party for six months.

Political leaders remember Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi: ‘Learnt the ropes of politics from him…’
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

“I feel like I have become fatherless again. He was my political friend, philosopher and guide. In matters political or personal, I used to seek his guidance on everything.” Subrata Mukherjee said

Sound of explosion while defusing grenade triggers stampede in West Bengal school, 48 students injured
Mon, Nov 20, 2017

Around 11.30 am, the noise of an explosion and the ensuing fumes ended up creating panic among the students, many of whom thought it was an earthquake. As students and teachers made a dash for the exit, a stampede-like situation took place

Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi passes away: Congress, TMC leaders remember the orator, crisis manager, football enthusiast
Mon, Nov 20, 2017

“Dasmunshi was a master of the art of cultivating personal relationships even with political opponents. His death brings an end to an era of data-based and logic-based debates,” said CPI(M) MP and politburo member Mohammad Salim

Railways to send report to UNESCO on damage done to toy train service during Gorkhaland stir
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

UNESCO has already expressed concern over incidents of arson having affecting the DHR and had even written to the Centre.

West Bengal wins GI registration for Rosogolla, bitter tug of war with Odisha ends
Wed, Nov 15, 2017

Rasagolla is from Bengal: Bengal wins GI registration for Rossogolla, bitter tug of war with Odisha ends

‘Trafficking never stops.. Don’t live in a fool’s paradise’
Sun, Nov 12, 2017

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad cited a drop in flesh trade as one of the positive aspects of demonetisation. Gita, a sex worker in one of Asia’s largest red light areas, has something to say

Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s remark is insensitive, anti-poor and anti-women: Sex workers
Fri, Nov 10, 2017

Is it right to push sex workers to the brink by such a move and then highlight it as a positive side of demonetisation? Sex workers are also human beings and citizens of this country, said Smarajit Jana, chief advisor of Durbar.

As NIA initiates preliminary enquiry in Darjeeling, Bimal Gurung, in hiding, welcomes move
Sun, Nov 05, 2017

Gurung has been in the hiding with state police conducting raids to arrest him. The stage is also set for yet another confrontation between Bengal government and the centre over the issue.

Mukul Roy set to debut at November 10 rally, BJP yet to decide on his post
Sun, Nov 05, 2017

The Trinamool on Saturday reiterated that Mukul Roy’s induction into the BJP would have no impact in Bengal.

Centre turning blind eye to ‘wheat blast’, says Ashish Banerjee
Fri, Nov 03, 2017

The state government had recently banned wheat cultivation in Nadia and Murshidabad districts bordering Bangladesh for two years, and any area 5 km from the border.

Wheat disease spreads alarm; Bengal bans sowing in 2 border districts
Thu, Nov 02, 2017

Wheat blast, caused by a fungus, causes ripe wheat to turn whitish and dry up. It can infect large areas in a short time and render an area infertile for two to three years.

If Rohingya issue not solved now, it’ll be a problem for other countries: Bangladesh deputy high commissioner Toufique Hasan
Sun, Oct 29, 2017

“Now it (Rohingyas) is a problem for Bangladesh. If it is not solved, it will become a problem for you and then for all others. We hope all the countries in the region will join hands to find a solution for the issue,” said Hasan.

GJM councillor Barun Bhujel’s death: Wife writes to PM Modi, Rajnath Singh; appeals for impartial probe
Sun, Oct 29, 2017

In her letter to the prime minister, Sabita had called for an evaluation of the postmortem report by an independent team. She had further appealed for a special investigation into Bhujel’s arrest, detention and death in custody.

Mamata Banerjee plans nationwide movement against ‘hurried’ implementation of GST
Fri, Oct 27, 2017

The TMC chief is exploring the option of starting the movement from Gujarat as it would get national attention, being the home turf of the Prime Minister

Arrested GJM leader Barun Bhujel dies in hospital, Bimal Gurung blames cops
Thu, Oct 26, 2017

Gorkha Yuva Morcha calls for a day-long strike in Hills today

Tipu Sultan descendants mull legal action against Union minister Anantkumar Hegde
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

Hegde, the Union Minister of State for Skill Development, made the comment when he asked not to be invited for celebrations on Tipu Sultan Jayanti.

In Singur, land is still a problem: ‘Where are our fields?’
Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Year after return, land is not demarcated or cultivable: farmers; officials say doing our best.

The big shift: Where sex workers save, for homes and families
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

Bank for sex workers, by sex workers, brings change to 30,000 lives in Bengal.

Darjeeling: Policeman killed during raids to nab Bimal Gurung
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

According to the police, raids were conducted at Patlaybas (residence of Gurung) and surrounding areas based on information from sources.

Binay Tamang faction eyes Bimal Gurung stronghold
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Sources said that during the meetings, Thapa urged GJM leaders and councillors to support Tamang and the GTA. Municipal polls were held in the Hills in May with the GJM sweeping Kalimpong with 19 seats. Trinamool Congress managed to win only two.