Ravik Bhattacharya


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

Trader anger hits streets as Sikkim on road to be first fully organic state
Sun, Apr 22, 2018

Traders are planning to move the High Court as Sikkim goes ahead with the second phase of its plan to become the first fully organic state in the country by banning the entry and sale of 26-odd non-organic horticultural and agricultural products.

Bengal panchayat polls: Acquitted in Mecca Masjid case, Swami Aseemanand to campaign for BJP
Fri, Apr 20, 2018

On Monday, a special NIA court acquitted all the five accused including Swami Aseemanand in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case at Hyderabad.

No toll booths, sand mining, contracts: TMC pledge for Panchayat candidates
Thu, Apr 19, 2018

West Bengal panchayat elections: The term of the panchayat bodies ends in August and according to the original schedule polls are to be held on May 1, 3 and 5 with results on May 8.

No toilet, no school, no proper roads: ‘Forgotten’ groups say they will not vote
Mon, Apr 16, 2018

Anger of former residents of Bangladesh-India enclaves justified: BJP; TMC accuses saffron party of inciting them

Violence returns in Bengal panchayat poll season: Parties to test waters ahead of Lok Sabha elections
Thu, Apr 05, 2018

The rural polls, scheduled for May 1, 3 and 5, are being seen by all parties as an acid test ahead of the crucial 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Across the state, 48,606 gram panchayat seats, 9,217 panchayat samity seats and 825 zilla parishad seats will be contested.

Day after section 144 was lifted: Normalcy returns to riot-hit Asansol
Wed, Apr 04, 2018

Asansol Mayor Jitendra Tiwari announced compensation for victims of the communal clashes and said a committee has been set up to conduct a survey and pinpoint houses which had been damaged.

Asansol violence: Woman goes to cops for help, ‘run over by police car’
Tue, Apr 03, 2018

While the car sped off, she was taken to a hospital, only to be declared brought dead on arrival, said her son Sandip Routh (21), who claimed he was present at the incident spot — Roopkatha Cinema Hall at Dhadka area, which is around 500 metres from the police station.

‘They pelted stones, bricks, bombs’: Sole breadwinner’s death leaves family bereft
Tue, Apr 03, 2018

Seven days after the clashes broke out, the situation continued to be tense, a police officer posted in the locality said.

Defying prohibitory orders, BJP MPs in Asansol, attack Didi
Mon, Apr 02, 2018

MPs Shahnawaz Hussain, Roopa Ganguly, Om Mathur and V D Ram, along with Bengal BJP state secretary Sayantan Basu, spent over three hours touring parts of Asansol.

In Asansol, 10-day-old infant, high school student among 250 in camp with no toilets
Mon, Apr 02, 2018

Last Tuesday, the VHP has taken out a Ram Navami rally in Asansol where communal clashes erupted. Later it spread to different areas.

Asansol: West Bengal Governor visits riot areas, stays off Muslim localities
Sun, Apr 01, 2018

In the riots that broke out on March 26, a day after Ram Navami, Mahesh Mondol and Sibtullah Rashidi were killed in Ranigunj and Asansol in West Burdwan district respectively, while many people were injured.

Asansol imam asks followers to campaign against rumours
Sun, Apr 01, 2018

“I am just doing my duty as an imam. Before every prayer, I talk to the people (and) I asked them to start a campaign against rumours. I told them not to pay heed to rumours,” Rashidi told The Indian Express.

Why Asansol is still on edge: Hindus terrified to return home, Muslims scared to step out
Sat, Mar 31, 2018

On Friday, with police conducting patrols, no further incidents of violence were reported from Asansol, which has a large Hindi-speaking population of mostly migrants from Bihar and UP who have settled here for generations.

Asansol clashes: police probe involvement of coal mafia
Sat, Mar 31, 2018

More than 60 people have been arrested and police are going through pictures and videos taken on cellphones by people from both communities to identify miscreants.

Union Minister Babul Supriyo stokes Asansol tension, tells crowd: Will skin you alive
Fri, Mar 30, 2018

Babul Supriyo has been booked under section of Rioting and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty)”, a senior police official told the Indian Express.

Ram Navami violence: His son dead, Asansol Imam says if you retaliate, will leave town
Sat, Mar 31, 2018

Asansol violence: Sibtulla Rashidi, who appeared for his Class X board exams this year, was reported missing after communal clashes in Rail Par area of Asansol on Tuesday afternoon.

Armed Ram Navami rallies: At Purulia town, video shows youth carrying handgun, VHP says ‘attempt to defame us’
Tue, Mar 27, 2018

Police said they are yet to identify the youths, who were carrying handguns.

Defying ban, BJP holds armed rallies in West Bengal, one killed
Mon, Mar 26, 2018

Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders also organised Ram Navami rallies across West Bengal. Police sources said at least two of these, in North 24 Parganas, were armed rallies.

Brief Boom: Kolkata’s dying carriage trade rides a lease of life for Ram Navami
Mon, Mar 19, 2018

Horse-drawn carriages were in vogue in Kolkata a century ago but it is a dying profession now.

After 107 years, a rare tiger in Junglemahal, an army of officers on its trail
Fri, Mar 16, 2018

For a fortnight now, an army of Forest Department and police officials have been scouring the dense forest, armed with tranquiliser guns, cages with live baits, binoculars, search lights and drones.